adult with learning disablities

Addressing the gap in healthcare for those with disabilities

The National Institute for Care and Excellence has published a report which discusses disparities in healthcare given to people with learning disabilities.

Cancer screenings, particularly as people grow older, need to offer better support to ensure ‘reasonable adjustments are made to help the person attended’ according to the findings of the NICE report.

The report also revealed that people with learning disabilities are often prescribed medication incorrectly and are kept in long-term hospital care despite it not being within their best interests.

“People with a learning disability can be among some of the most vulnerable in our society. As health and care professionals, our response should be nothing less than taking every option to support them”, said Judith Richard, Acting Director of Health and Social Care, NICE.

You can read the full article here: Personal and integrated empowerment:The way forward by Judith Richard, Acting Director of Health and Social Care, NICE.

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