NHS 'Bias' Against Mentally Ill Linked to High Death Rate
An inquiry into the high death rate among people with mental health problems treated on the NHS is to investigate claims that they are subject to institutionalised discrimination.
Research by the Disability Rights Commission suggests that they are four times more likely to die from a treatable illness than other patients and 58 times more likely to die before the age of 50.
The inquiry will look at why people with learning disabilities and mental health problems such as schizophrenia and manic depression as well as conditions such as Down syndrome and autism receive worse care from the NHS.
Preliminary studies show people with schizophrenia die on average nine years before the rest of the population. Fewer than one in five women with a learning disability has cervical screening.