Learning Disability

Meeting: 
MQT on 2018-11-22
Session date: 
November 22, 2018
Reference: 
2018/3284
Question By: 
Len Duvall OBE
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

How can the London Health Board respond to the Learning Disabilities Mortality Review, conducted by the University of Bristol's Norah Fry Centre, that found that young people with learning disabilities were particularly likely to die in hospital?

Answers

Learning Disability
Learning Disability

Learning Disability

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Officers are drafting a response.

Learning Disability

Learning Disability

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I have long campaigned for fairness and equality for everyone in society. It's unacceptable that people can experience worse treatment, have worse health outcomes – or in extreme cases, die prematurely in hospital because of having learning difficulties.

The findings of the Learning Disabilities Mortality Review (LeDeR) Programme Annual Report 2016/17 raises serious issues for the way in which health and care services are designed and delivered.

I have promised to champion and challenge the NHS to make sure Londoners have access to excellent health and care services. However, as Mayor, I do not have a remit to commission or provide health or care services; this is the duty of both the NHS and local authorities.

The Department of Health and Social Care and NHS England has responded and accepted the 9 recommendations made in the LeDeR Programme Annual Report. The response sets out a plan of action for each one, covering; leadership and training, information sharing to improve outcomes, health action planning and reviews, and infection control.

These actions are directed at the Department of Health and Social Care, NHS England, Care Quality Commission, NHS Improvement, NHS Digital, Health Education England, Skills for Care and Public Health England.

I will ask for progress on these actions at the London Health Board.

I remain committed to bringing the LeDeR Programme Annual Report to the London Health Board. Before this meeting, my Health Team will consider key learning and actions from the Programme’s 6 London pilot sites.

The Health Team will also work with the Communities and Social Policy Teams to convene a group of key stakeholder agencies in London, seek their views on the report, and report our findings to the London Health Board. They will do this with the support of my new Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Group.