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Learning Disability: Death

Volume 461: debated on Thursday 21 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has to establish a confidential inquiry into mortality of people with learning difficulties. (144811)

At this stage, the Department has no plans to establish a confidential inquiry into mortality of people with learning disabilities.

The Department has established an independent inquiry into the deaths of six people named in Mencap’s report, “Death by Indifference”. In addition to the six cases, the independent inquiry will be identifying the action required to ensure that people with learning disabilities receive appropriate healthcare. The findings and recommendations of that inquiry will be used to inform a decision on whether to take forward a full confidential inquiry into mortality.