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Report on health and care of people with learning disabilities published

6 April 2017: Health and Care of People with Learning Disabilities: 2015-16 is published today by NHS Digital. It includes information on people with and without learning disabilities, collected from over half of GP practices in England, in 2014-15 and 2015-16.

The report identifies potential differences in the treatment, health status, and outcomes of people with learning disabilities compared with the rest of the population.

It includes information on the percentage of patients known to their GP as having a learning disability who received an annual learning disability health check.

The report includes information on the percentage of eligible patients with a learning disability who had a flu immunisation or screening in 2014-15 and 2015-16 for:

  • Breast cancer

  • Cervical cancer

  • Colorectal cancer

In addition to this, there is information on the life expectancy of people with learning disabilities, and the number of deaths in comparison with the same age and sex specific mortality rate as the general population in the same period.

To see the full data set, view the report and CSV at:

Or view the interactive report at:


Notes to editors

  1. NHS Digital is the national information and technology provider for the health and care system. Our team of information analysis, technology and project management experts create, deliver and manage the crucial digital systems, services, products and standards upon which health and care professionals depend. During the 2015/16 financial year, NHS Digital published 294 statistical reports. Our vision is to harness the power of information and technology to make health and care better. NHS Digital is the new trading name for the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC). We provide 'Information and Technology for better health and care'. Find out more about our role and remit
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