Letters Meeting needs in learning disability

Human rights should be taught in medical school to ensure proper care for people with learning disabilities

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f4047 (Published 25 June 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f4047
  1. Peter Lawrence Hall, chair, Doctors for Human Rights1
  1. 1Abbots Langley WD5 0BE, UK
  1. peterhall{at}doctors4humanrights.org

The editorial by Hollins and Tuffrey-Wijne on premature deaths among people with a learning disability disregards the violation of health rights inherent in the inadequate standards of healthcare to which some are subjected.1

A survey in 2010 by ICM on behalf of Mencap showed that more than a third of doctors and nurses think that the NHS discriminates against patients with a learning disability.2 Nearly half of the doctors …

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