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Disabled people face difficulties in accessing primary care

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 14 September 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:565
  1. Andrew Cole
  1. London

    People with mental health problems or learning disabilities have worse physical health and die younger than the general population, concludes a major investigation by the Disability Rights Commission of Great Britain. But they are less likely to get treatment, and most face difficulty in getting to see their GP.

    The commission—the statutory watchdog body for disabled people in England, Wales, and Scotland—has warned that if these discriminatory practices are not eradicated the government could face prosecution under the new disability equality …

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