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GPs are to face scrutiny into how they treat people with learning disabilities and mental health problems.

The Disability Rights Commission has launched an 18-month formal investigation into inequalities in primary care faced by disabled people.

Research by the commission has found preventable deaths for people with learning difficulties are four times higher than in the rest of the population and fewer than 20 per cent of women with a learning disability attend cervical screening. Diabetes is also estimated to be up to five times more common.

A commission spokeswoman said: 'The intention is not to have a go at GPs but to understand what the barriers are.'

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