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Systematic over-medication blights learning disability care

GPs are massively over-medicating people with learning disabilities, often prescribing antipsychotics that are entirely inappropriate for the individual according to a new health study.

Mental health patients sent hundreds of miles for beds as out of area placements rise 23 per cent

Mental health services spent millions of pounds sending patients hundreds of miles for beds last year as use of ‘out of area’ hospitals increased by almost a quarter, research by Community Care and BBC News has found.

From 'bloodied knees' to the House of Commons as a disabled MP

Conservative MP Robert Halfon says having a disability means he has been forced to work twice as hard to get to where he is.

BBC Three’s ‘Defying The Label’ Season

A season of compelling, untold stories revealing a glimpse of life as a young, disabled person will air on BBC Three this summer including the factual drama Don’t Take My Baby and The World’s Worst Place To Be Disabled?, presented by the disabled journalist Sophie Morgan.

Disabled people's rights threatened by government cuts, campaigners warn

The hard-won rights of people with a learning disability to live independent lives are being eroded as a result of government cuts to benefits and social care services, charities have warned.

Shadow disability minister admits backing assisted suicide bill

The shadow disability minister has admitted that many disabled activists may be “horrified” and “outraged” to learn that she is in favour of legalising assisted suicide.

UK services failing patients with dementia

National health and social care services are failing to meet the needs of patients with dementia, with hundreds of thousands let down by a lack of support, according to a report by The Alzheimer’s Society.

Disability poverty rose sharply in fourth year of coalition

The proportion of disabled people living in poverty rose sharply in the fourth year of the coalition government, according to official figures.

ILF closure: Process has caused ‘fear, stress and anxiety’, say researchers

Disabled people who receive support through the Independent Living Fund (ILF) have been caused fear, stress and anxiety by the process leading to its closure, according to new research.

Disabled children less happy with hospital care than peers

While most children are happy with the care they receive in hospital, those with disabilities report a poorer experience.