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Anti-psychotic drugs 'given to learning disabilities patients'

Anti-psychotic medication is given to more than two thirds of inpatients with learning disabilities in specialist units, a census has shown. The findings are the result of further analysis of the 2013 Learning Disability Census.

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More drugs given to black and minority ethnic groups

More people with learning disabilities from black and minority ethnic groups had been given anti-psychotic drugs on a regular basis than in white ethnic groups - 72.6% (284 out of 391) compared with 61.8% (1682 out of 2,720) - analysis of a census has revealed.

More drugs were given to people from black and minority ethnic groups Credit: DPA DEUTSCHE PRESS-AGENTUR/DPA/Press Association Images

The findings were based on survey responses from 104 (58 NHS and 46 private) provider organisations in England on behalf of 3,250 service users in September last year.

The patient group included people with learning disabilities, autistic spectrum disorder and/or behaviour that challenges.

The census revealed that of the 56.6% (1,841) of patients who had experienced an "incident", more women experienced every type of incident than men. The HSCIC said the census will be re-run in September 2014 in order to identify change and reductions in inpatient care to community care and support.

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