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THE BIG QUESTION

The big question: do you feel equipped to care for people with learning disabilities?

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Recent research by Mencap has found nearly half of NHS hospitals in England do not have a learning disability liaison nurse in place.

The learning disability charity found 42% of acute trusts had a learning disability liaison nurse available and, of those, around a third hosted – rather than directly employed – them.

It said this lack of support meant patients were being mistakenly diagnosed as having illnesses that were a consequence of their disability rather than other, more serious, conditions.

The charity also found that none of the 125 acute trusts that responded to Freedom of Information requests had 24-hour provision of learning disability liaison nurses.

Do you feel able to give people with learning disabilities the care they deserve?

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