A cause for concern
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A cause for concern

David Matthews Senior lecturer, St Martin’s College, Lancaster
David Fidler Commissioning officer, Tameside Community & Priority Services Trust
Lisa Thompson Community nurse and care manager, Northgate & Prudhoe NHS Trust

Will the white paper really make a difference to the health care of people with learning disabilities? David Matthews and his colleagues have some doubts

The Valuing People White Paper (Department of Health 2001) reinforces evidence that people with learning disabilities living in the community have extensive health needs which are very often unmet, and makes important proposals for improving their health care. In the light of a recent study into the health needs of a population of people with learning disabilities, this article questions the fundamental philosophy underpinning the White Paper.

Learning Disability Practice. 5, 1, 10-12. doi: 10.7748/ldp2002.

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