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Mencap and RCN unite to fight NHS learning disabilites discrimination

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Health bodies including Mencap and the RCN have united in a campaign to stop discrimination against people with learning disabilities in the NHS.

Leading health bodies, including the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) and the Royal Society of Medicine (RSM), have pledged support of Mencap’s campaign to stop discrimination against people with learning disability in NHS care.

‘Getting it Right’, published yesterday, is Mencap’s guide to good practice and is accompanied by a website.

Health bodies, representing over one million healthcare professionals in the UK, came together after a number of reports showed people with learning disabilities receive poorer healthcare than the general population.

Mencap's report, Death by indifference, highlighted some of the discrepancies people with learning disabilities face in the NHS, as did an independent inquiry by Sir Jonathan Michael.

Mark Golding, chief executive of Mencap, said: ‘Mencap welcomes the support of the organisations involved and their recognition that something needs to be done.

‘We hope that all health professionals use this practical resource to improve the level of healthcare given to people with a learning disability.’

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