A poll commissioned by the General Medical Council (GMC) has revealed that most doctors think that patients with learning difficulties receive a poorer standard of care in hospitals than others.
More than one in three reported that they had witnessed a patient with learning difficulties receive poor care or some form of discrimination.
The poll also suggests that staff feel they lack resources and appropriate training to deliver the same standard of care to everyone.
Here at Swain & Co., our specialist Community Care team welcome the findings, along with campaign groups and carers, as it shows that doctors know that the care for patients with learning difficulties is not good enough. These patients have greater health needs, yet are receiving a poorer standard of care then the rest of the population.
A report by Mencap published this year also highlighted delays in diagnosis and treatments of serious illness, a neglect of basic care needs and failure to take into account crucial advice from families of the patient with learning difficulties. These can all amount to clinical/medical negligence.
Community care covers care and treatment that vulnerable adults may be receiving. So if you, or a loved one, are concerned over treatment then please contact our specialist community care team on 02392 483322
If you think you or your loved one has been victim to medical negligence resulting out of substandard care in the health service, please call Graeme Swain or Melanie Lidstone-Land on 02392 483322. Swain & Co offers a national service and also has offices in London and Liverpool.