Support Mencap in campaigning for better healthcare for people with learning disabilities
Earlier in the month I gave a presentation to 800 learning disability student nurses about Mencap’s Death By Indifference health campaign.
I told them about people like Martin, who was left to die due to poor healthcare.
In 2005, Martin had a stroke and was admitted to hospital. He did not receive adequate care and went without food for 26 days. By the time staff took notice, it was too late to help.
Martin died a week later.
“every year as many 1,200 people with learning disability die because they do not receive the right healthcare”
Lots of the nurses were shocked to hear the examples of poor healthcare revealed by the campaign and, after the presentation, over 100 people signed up to our campaign alerts so they can support us in campaigning for better healthcare for people with learning disabilities.
It’s great to know there are so many passionate nurses out there.
One of the main aims of the Mencap campaign is to highlight the people with a learning disability who die needlessly due to poor healthcare.
Thanks to our campaign, the government has launched a three-year inquiry into preventable deaths amongst people with a learning disability. This inquiry found that 37% of deaths were preventable. Our research shows that every year as many 1,200 people with learning disability die because they do not receive the right healthcare.
Not enough is being done to stop this scandal. We’re asking everyone to write to Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Health, asking him to take urgent action to stop this disgrace within our health services.
The government is listening – it’s time we called for action.
Lloyd Page is a volunteer for Mencap