Mencap responds to the seventh Learning Disability Mortality Review (LeDeR) annual report, published by King’s College London today. It is also the first report to investigate deaths by autistic adults without a learning disability A learning disability is to do with the way someone's brain works. It makes it harder for someone to learn, understand or do things. , due to concerns that autistic people may also experience health inequalities that could lead to avoidable deaths.
Dan Scorer, Head of Policy and Public Affairs at Mencap said:
“This year's LeDeR report appears to show signs of a reduction in the shocking inequalities in life expectancy and health outcomes for people with a learning disability. However, the report asks important questions on how much of an improvement has really been made.
“It’s been 10 years since the Confidential Inquiry into the Premature Deaths of People with a Learning Disability, and many of the recommendations for improvements for care haven’t changed since 2013 and the risk of avoidable death for people with a learning disability is still twice that of the general population.
“This year’s report again highlights that people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds are at a much-increased risk of experiencing health inequality and premature death: urgent action is needed to address this.
“Whilst the report shows evidence of an increase in life expectancy for women with a learning disability, they are still dying 23 years earlier than women in the general population. In addition, with deaths of people with a learning disability living in the most deprived areas at 3 times the level of those living in the least deprived areas, there’s no room for complacency.
“This year, with the introduction of several key programmes of work including the Oliver McGowan Mandatory Mandatory means that something must be done. Training In Learning Disability and Autism Autism is a disability. Autistic people find it difficult to understand what other people think and feel. They also find it difficult to tell people what they think and feel. Everyone with autism is different. , and the Reasonable Adjustment Flag, we have the chance to turn some of this around, but this will only happen with sustained support and priority from NHS England and the Department for Health and Social Care Social care means the services that give care and support to people who need it. . Integrated Care Systems also need to sustain and build on their efforts to learn from deaths in their areas and deliver inclusive and accessible Accessible means something is easy for people to use or join in with. For example: Accessible writing means the writing is easy to read and understand. health and care services that genuinely meet people's needs.”