All health and social care workers are to be given mandatory training on autism and learning disabilities after the death of a teenager.

Oliver McGowan, 18, died at Southmead hospital in Bristol in 2016 after being given a drug he was allergic to despite repeat warning from his parents.

The government has announced funding of £1.4m to develop and test the new training package.

Training is not currently mandatory and varies, a government spokesperson said.

The targeted programme will be “named in memory of Oliver McGowan and in recognition of his family’s tireless campaigning for better training for staff” a government spokesperson said.

It will draw on case studies which “capture exactly why NHS and social care staff need learning disability and autism training” the spokesperson said.

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