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Needs of patients with learning disabilities are not being met

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 26 June 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:1764
  1. Mayur Lakhani, Chairman, South Charnwood primary care group (,
  2. Jean Bates, Practice nurse
  1. Highgate Surgery, Sileby, Loughborough LE12 7UD

    EDITOR—Aspray et al are right to warn of the risk of “community chaos” in the management of patients with learning disabilities.1 We are a small practice with 31 such patients. Our practice has acquired a reputation for offering a caring approach to these patients, so we have tended to attract patients, often from outside our practice area. Difficulties in finding practices willing to register patients with learning disabilities have been reported to us. Patients often find it difficult to access the …

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