New measures needed to stop adult choking deaths

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NEW measures need to be taken to prevent people with learning disabilities choking to death, a review has reported.

Hampshire Safeguarding Adults Board examined the problem following the deaths of five people in the county between 2005 and 2010. Their recommendations are to take simple precautions to prevent choking, such as annual health checks and dentist appointments, as well as ensuring there are sufficient speech therapy courses available.

The board is now calling on the department for health to take action.