Learning disability nursing under threat despite being needed more than ever
Being a learning disability nurse at the moment is a bit like being a crew member on the Titanic except we can see the iceberg ahead, argues Simon Jones
This Learning Disabilities Mortality Review (LeDeR) report , published by NHS England and the University of Bristol makes informative, but depressing reading in what it reveals about the shortened life expectancy of people with a learning disability but also about the impoverished lives lived by this same population during and up to death.
Here are some statistics:
- People in relationships: of all those who died and were reported to the inquiry, 96% of those were single – estimates for the general population suggest one third of adults are single (Office for National Statistics 2017).
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