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Healthcare for all

Posted in Attitudes to disability, Campaigns, Charities, Learning disability by Matt at WelcometoIllinois on July 29, 2008

Mencap, the UK charity for people with a learning disability, has released the results of an independent inquiry into inequalities experienced by people with learning disabilities and people with mental health problems in receiving healthcare.

The report, titled Healthcare for all, follows the charity’s Death by indifference campaign and has called for change to prevent people with a learning disability dying unnecessarily in NHS care.

As the BBC reports, “The independent inquiry, launched after the deaths of six patients, called for tougher inspections and more training for staff.”

This is just one of the very many things that would never have occurred to me before we found out that our baby has Down’s syndrome. When you read some of the cases cited in Death by indifference it makes you realise how important organisations like Mancap are.

Here’s another small but important Mencap campaign.

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