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Disability care 'poor'

21st June 2010

The charity Mencap has said that many healthcare workers believe that people with learning difficulties receive worse treatment than other patients.

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According to the results of a poll of 1,084 health workers carried out by the charity, nearly half of doctors and one third of nurses believed the learning disabled were given poorer care.

The charity said trusts should agree to a charter which clarifies how hospitals should take responsibility for people with learning difficulties.

The poll also showed that 45% of doctors and one third of nurses had seen a learning disabled patient being ignored or not being treated in a dignified way.

One third of nurses and 40% of doctors said that learning disabled people received discriminatory treatment at the hands of the health service.

The poll revealed that over one third of healthcare workers had not been given the right training in order to care for learning disabled people.

"Healthcare professionals have recognised they need more support to get it right when treating people with a learning disability," said Mencap Chief Executive, Mark Goldring.

Mr Goldring said Mencap's campaign - Getting it Right - aimed to make sure that ignorant treatment never lead to the death of person with learning difficulties.

"Our charter sets out a standard of practice and will make health trusts accountable to people with a learning disability, their families and carers," he added.

 

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