An important review (#leder) into the deaths of people with learning disabilities has been published on behalf of NHS England today.

Mark Lever, Chief Executive of the National Autistic Society, said: “This is a distressing yet important review. But it’s another missed opportunity to also look at the many - and often shared – barriers autistic people face accessing vital health and care services. 
 
“Emerging evidence from Sweden suggests that many autistic people have poorer physical and mental health than the general population, leading to too many autistic people dying early. We have no reason to believe the situation would be that different in this country. This is unacceptable and we’ve long been calling for a review to look into the deaths of people from across the autism spectrum. 
 
“Around 1 in 100 people are thought to be autistic. They, and their families, need reassurance from Government and the NHS that this is going to be taken seriously and action will be taken.”