‘Shocking’ figures show rise in deaths of people with learning difficulties in the care system

New figures released by the Care Quality Commission on 2 June show number of deaths more than doubled

The figures released by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) on 2 June following pressure from an ongoing legal action, suggest that the number of deaths more than doubled compared with last year.

Between 10 April and 15 May, care services that provide support to people with learning difficulties and autistic people reported 386 deaths of people with learning difficulties, compared with 165 in the same period last year.

This was an increase of 134 per cent, said CQC.

Of the 386 people who died this year, 206 were due to suspected or confirmed COVID-19.

Of those who died, 184 people were receiving care from community-based adult social care services and 195 had been living in residential settings.

CQC suggested that the true number of deaths related to COVID-19 was likely to be even higher.

It was unable to say how many of those who died were also autistic.

Report from John Pring, Disability News Service.