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Care for people with learning disabilities is to be audited

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 13 July 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:116
  1. Madeleine Brettingham
  1. London

    England's Healthcare Commission is to investigate the standards of all NHS trusts that provide services for people with learning disabilities, after a scathing report into the standard of services in Cornwall was published.

    The Healthcare Commission's head of investigations, Nigel Ellis, said that every trust in England would need to prove that its care homes and accommodation met acceptable standards or would face a full scale investigation.

    “I can say with certainty that learning disabilities services do not have the priority given to them that they need,” Mr Ellis said. “We will be carrying out an audit to give us a clearer picture. There's a risk that …

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