'Improve care for people with learning disabilities'

The government should take immediate action to implement the recommendations of an independent inquiry to improve the delivery of care for people with learning disabilities, according to the RCN.

Commenting on Sir Jonathan Michael’s ‘Independent Inquiry into Access to Healthcare for People with Learning Disabilities’ report, Dr Peter Carter, RCN chief executive and general secretary, said: ‘The report found clear evidence that people with learning disabilities had received ad-hoc and poorer healthcare services due to a lack of understanding and awareness from practitioners, trusts and government.

‘The independent inquiry recommended that all healthcare staff undergo the necessary education and training to effectively care for people with learning disabilities.

‘The RCN urges the government to adopt all recommendations of the independent inquiry to ensure the delivery of high quality services and dignified care to people with learning disabilities.’


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