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You are here Home. Death by indifference. Resource Item. Download file. Date published. Related professional interest. Related specialism. This report will set out why we believe there is institutional discrimination within the NHS, and why people with a learning disability get worse healthcare than non-disabled people.
We present the stories of six people who we believe have died unnecessarily. We do so because healthcare professionals need to realise the serious — even fatal — consequences of their lack of understanding.
We do so to point out that these professionals must work to ensure that such tragedies can never happen again. The report made clear that much work needs to be done within the NHS to ensure that people with a learning disability are treated decently and equally. Since the launch of our Treat me right! The six cases presented in this report share common factors. In our view, they raise serious concerns about the way people with a learning disability are treated within our healthcare system.
Related Resources. The report described the harrowing circumstances surrounding We expect it to be free at the point of delivery and available to everyone based on need.
We expect patients to be at the centre of its care, that they will have positive experiences and be treated with dignity and respect.
And we expect Treat me right! We know that people with a learning disability are much more likely to die before the age of 50 and that life expectancy is shortest for people who have the most support needs. We also know that the leading causes of death differ from those of the rest of the population5.
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Death by indifference: 74 deaths and counting - A progress report 5 years on
Access thebmj. People with a learning disability die on average 16 years younger than people without a learning disability. It is estimated that 1, people with a learning disability die avoidably in the NHS each year. Shocking as these statistics are, we have known about the premature mortality and the significant health inequalities faced by people with a learning disability for over two decades.
Mencap is calling on the Government to make the NHS safe for people with a learning disability following the publication of a new report Death by indifference: 74 deaths and counting, which finds continued institutional discrimination in the NHS. National learning disability charity Mencap is calling on the Government to make the NHS safe for people with a learning disability following the publication of a new report Death byindifference: 74 deaths and counting, which finds continued institutional discrimination in the NHS. The report highlights the deaths of 74 people with a learning disability in NHS care over the last ten years, which Mencap believes could have been avoided and are a direct result of institutional discrimination. The report uncovers common errors made by healthcare professionals. These include failure to abide by disability discrimination law, ignoring crucial advice from families, failing to meet even basic care needs and not recognising pain and distress and delays in diagnosing and treating serious illness.
Death by indifference
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In , 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. Lots of the nurses were shocked to hear the examples of poor healthcare revealed by the campaign and, after the presentation, over people signed up to our campaign alerts so they can support us in campaigning for better healthcare for people with learning disabilities. 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.