Healthcare for men and women with learning disabilities: understanding inequalities in access

Marcus Redley, Carys Banks, Karen Foody, Anthony Holland

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Abstract

Healthcare for men and women with learning disabilities (known internationally as intellectual disabilities) has risen up the political agenda in the United Kingdom, propelled by a report from the charity Mencap. This report has resulted in renewed efforts, set out in Valuing People Now, to ensure that people with learning disabilities receive the healthcare they are entitled to. This paper, drawing upon experience in England, describes the challenges of providing healthcare to men and women with learning disabilities; reviews Death by Indifference and the reports produced in its aftermath; presents findings from a small-scale study of access to healthcare undertaken in the East of England; and concludes with a discussion of whether the policies in Valuing People Now will improve healthcare for men and women with learning disabilities.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)747-759
JournalDisability & Society
Volume27
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2012

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