Today, 30 November 2023, the annual Learning Disabilities Mortality Review (LeDeR) report has been published, which looks into the lives and deaths of people with a learning disability whose deaths have been notified to LeDeR.
In response to the report, Professor Martin Green OBE, Chief Executive of Care England, said:
“During the pandemic, the learning disability sector was not given the public or political attention it deserved or required. As we rebuild from COVID-19, the findings of the report show that the care people with a learning disability receive is improving. But now is not the time to celebrate. People with a learning disability are almost two times more likely to die avoidable deaths than those without. Deep-rooted but changeable inequalities remain. The sector as a whole must now pull together to drive positive outcomes and close the gap in health outcomes.”