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Confidential enquiry finds that people with learning disabilities die prematurely because of inequity in provision of care

A Confidential Enquiry into the Premature Deaths of People with Learning Disabilities (CIPOLD) carried out by the University of Bristol and funded by the Department of Health has found that 22% of people with learning disabilities die before the age of 50, compared with just 9% of the rest of the population. People with learning disabilities were more likely to die early because there were delays or problems with investigating, diagnosing and treating their illnesses. They were also more likely to have problems in having their needs identified and getting the appropriate care. Their families or carers had more problems in getting their views heard and listened to.


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