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Martin Campbell Principal Teaching Fellow, School of Psychology, University of St Andrews
Margaret Whoriskey Assistant Director, Joint Improvement Team, Scottish Executive, Edinburgh
Ros Lyall Consultant Psychiatrist, NHS Lothian, Edinburgh
Alex Davidson Head of Adult Services, Social Work Resources, South Lanarkshire Council
Michael McCue Complex Needs Services Manager, Glasgow Learning Disability Partnership, Glasgow

Every long-stay hospital in Scotland was supposed to have closed by the end of last year, with a range of community-based services springing up in their stead. Set against the missed deadline-eight hospitals remain open-Martin Campbell and colleagues report on a study that reviewed the health services available to people with learning disabilities in all 16 NHS areas authorities

About 120,000 people in Scotland have learning disabilities; around a quarter of whom are aged under 16 years, while another quarter have complex needs. Scotland spends about £1 million a day on services for people with learning disabilities (NHS Health Scotland 2004). The majority of people with learning disabilities in Scotland do not, and never have, lived in hospitals.

Learning Disability Practice. 9, 9,12-17. doi: 10.7748/ldp2006.

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