Health inequalities and access to health care for adults with learning disabilities in Lincolnshire

Walker, Carol, Beck, Charles R., Eccles, Richard and Weston, Chris (2016) Health inequalities and access to health care for adults with learning disabilities in Lincolnshire. British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 44 (1). pp. 16-23. ISSN 1354-4187

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People with learning disabilities do not live as long as other people or as long as many should.
Nationally, people with learning disabilities do not get as good help when they do get ill.
This paper looks at work that was conducted in Lincolnshire to see how the health of people with learning disabilities compared to the rest of the population.
The report recommended changes which could be made to make things better.

The NHS Constitution requires all NHS organisations to provide high-quality comprehensive services, based on clinical need, which do not discriminate between patients (DH 2010a). Together with its health and social care partners, the NHS also has a statutory duty of care to meet the needs of all patients with dignity and compassion. Recent evidence has revealed sharp failures in the NHS to meet these goals in relation to people with learning disabilities nationally. This article considers the well-established evidence that the latter group have worse health experiences and worse health outcomes than the population as a whole, which significantly contributes to marked inequalities both in morbidity and mortality. The public sector equality duty of the Equality Act 2010 imposes a statutory requirement on health and social care agencies to address such inequalities. This article draws on the first systematic health needs assessment (HNA) of adults with learning disabilities in the county of Lincolnshire, established in 2011 to identify their health needs and make recommendations for improvement.

Keywords:Health care, Learning disabilities, NotOAChecked
Subjects:L Social studies > L510 Health & Welfare
L Social studies > L431 Health Policy
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Social & Political Sciences
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Deposited On:08 Aug 2017 14:03

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