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Part of Health and Social Care – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 27th November 2018.

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Photo of Barbara Keeley Barbara Keeley Shadow Minister (Mental Health and Social Care) 12:00 am, 27th November 2018

The learning disabilities mortality review—the LeDeR—investigated 1,000 early deaths of people with learning disabilities in hospital settings, but today major concerns have been raised by the parents of Oliver McGowan about the way in which some deaths have been investigated. The Secretary of State knows that 40 autistic people and people with learning disabilities died in assessment and treatment units, and he has called for a year-long review of the use of seclusion in ATUs. But that is not urgent action. Will he commit to stopping the use of ATUs immediately and to looking urgently at how early deaths are being investigated, particularly that of Oliver McGowan?