Doctors accused of discriminating against Down's syndrome patientsBMJ 2004; 329 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.329.7466.591 (Published 09 September 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:591
- Debashis Singh
The Down's Syndrome Association this week accused doctors of discriminating against people with Down's syndrome who have developed dementia by either delaying or not offering access to the full range of social and medical treatments available to them.
The association, which is the United Kingdom's main charity that champions the rights of people with the syndrome, states that lack of understanding means that many doctors overlook the possibility of dementia in middle aged people with the syndrome. Instead, doctors tend to attribute the distressing symptoms of dementia to learning difficulties that all people with Down's syndrome have to some …