GMC prioritises care of people with learning disabilities

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 16 August 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c4491
  1. Lisa Hitchen
  1. 1London

    Improving doctors’ understanding of the needs of people with learning disabilities will take priority in the General Medical Council’s new three year plan to improve care.

    A 12 page consultation document on the GMC’s equality scheme for 2011-14 states that its intention is to “develop materials to raise doctors’ awareness of the needs and experiences of patients with learning disabilities.”

    Jane O’Brien, the GMC’s assistant director on standards, said, “There is evidence that patients with learning disabilities get a worse deal. We are keen to hear views about what we can do …

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