Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 19 April 2014

NHS neglect towards the disabled revealed

The troubling and at times shocking neglect of people with learning disabilities by the NHS was revealed today.

Almost half of doctors (46%) and a third of nurses (37%) admit that people with learning disabilities receive a poorer standard of healthcare, the charity Mencap found.

The survey of more than 1,000 healthcare professionals discovered that almost half of doctors (45%) and a third of nurses (33%) had witnessed a patient with a learning disability being treated with neglect or a lack of dignity, or receiving poor-quality care.

Nearly four out of 10 doctors (39%) said people with a learning disability are discriminated against by the NHS.

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