We are proud to support Harrow Mencap’s campaign, Harrow Mencap is been running this latest campaign and has approached us for a collaboration.
The latest Public Health England report has estimated that 6.3 times more deaths occurred among people with learning disabilities than the general population between 21 March and 5 June 2020.
Deeply concerned about this tragic spike during the Covid-19 pandemic, and the already higher death rates of people with learning disabilities than the national average. We are very fortunate here in Hammersmith and Fulham to have 4 Learning disability nurses but that won’t stop us from campaigning for others.
According to the latest figures from NHS digital, there has been a 40% drop in the number of registered LD Nurses in NHS posts from 5,368 in 2010 to 3,223 in 2020.
We want to you to be part of our campaign to help make MPs aware of the chronic shortage of LD nurses. You can do this by using the draft letter that we have created. We have prepared two separate drafts.
1) One is for self-advocacy groups – available on this link.
2) The other is for individuals who want to send a letter to their MP – available on this link.
3) There is also an easy read letter which can be sent to an MP – available on this link.
If you are not sure who your local MP is, you can find out on Parliament’s find my MP page – available on this link
Together, our voices are stronger in making both politicians and healthcare professionals recognise the urgent need to address the healthcare inequality that exists in our society between people with and without learning disabilities.
(Credit Harrow Mencap)