Improvements in the commissioning of learning disabilities services by councils and primary care trusts need to be quicker and more widespread, a report by the Commission for Social Care Inspection, Healthcare Commission and Mental Health Act Commission has found.

The review looked in detail at nine local authority areas. It found that although commissioning of such care is moving towards more individual care and support, only a minority of service users have a person centred plan that involves them in all decisions about their care and many report problems with accessing health services.

Learning disability charity Mencap chief executive Mark Goldring said the report should be a wake-up call for local councils and PCTs. 

He said: “This report, which highlights such glaring inadequacies in support for people with a learning disability, must be acted upon and must not be left, like so many others, to gather dust.”

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