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Healthcare for All: The Independent Inquiry into Access to Healthcare for People with Learning Disabilities

Jonathan Michael (St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust)
Anne Richardson (Department of Health)

Tizard Learning Disability Review

ISSN: 1359-5474

Article publication date: 1 December 2008

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Abstract

The Independent Inquiry into Access to Healthcare for People with Learning Disabilities reported in July 2008. Based on a public consultation, a review of research and evidence and the views of witnesses and stakeholders, the Michael Inquiry concluded that there are risks inherent in the care system for people with learning disabilities and that they are largely due to a failure to make ‘reasonable adjustments’ to services, as required under the Disability Discrimination Act. The Inquiry found evidence of a significant level of avoidable suffering due to untreated ill‐health, and a high likelihood that avoidable deaths are occurring. Although the report highlights examples of good practice there are some appalling examples of discrimination, abuse and neglect. The article makes ten essential recommendations for urgent change across the whole health system and the Inquiry team report contains practical illustrations of how to implement them.

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Michael, J. and Richardson, A. (2008), "Healthcare for All: The Independent Inquiry into Access to Healthcare for People with Learning Disabilities", Tizard Learning Disability Review, Vol. 13 No. 4, pp. 28-34. https://doi.org/10.1108/13595474200800036

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