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?