GOSPORT MP Caroline Dinenage is spearheading a consultation to ensure all staff within the health care system can provide support to patients with learning disabilities and autism.

MP Caroline Dinenage, who is the Minister of State for Care has started the consultation which will run until April 12.

The aim of the consultation is to see how the government can ensure that all staff - from porters and receptionists to consultants, have the right skills to understand the needs of those with learning disabilities and autistic people, and are equipped to make the necessary reasonable adjustments to ensure they have the right support and care.

Caroline commented:“We are constantly looking at ways to improve the care and support of patients.

"Shockingly, the life expectancy of a woman with autism is 18 years lower than of those without, 14 years for men.

"We need the help of the health & care staff, organisations and those with lived experience to ensure that those with learning disabilities or autism get safe, compassionate and informed care.”

The department of Health and Social Care want to hear the publics views on the planned content of training, how it should be delivered, how to involve people with learning disabilities and autism in the training and how to monitor and evaluate the impact the training has.