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Government pledges to provide health care and employment for people with learning difficulties

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The government has launched an initiative that it claims will support people with learning disabilities in every aspect of their lives including health care, housing to employment.

Health secretary Alan Johnson announced the initiative ‘Valuing People Now – A Three Year Strategy for People with Learning Disabilities.’

The strategy will improve training, service commissioning and infrastructure to meet the needs of people with learning disabilities.

Aims include improving healthcare, helping people with learning disabilities find jobs, help them with relationships and parenting and social and leisure activities.

Health secretary Alan Johnson said: ‘All people with learning disabilities must be supported to live full independent lives as equal citizens across all aspects of life.

‘This strategy will help make that a reality and I urge the NHS, local authorities and public services to take this opportunity top make real progress to transform people’s lives.’

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