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Mencap launches new campaign to improve hospital care for people with a learning disability

A new campaign has been launched in Wirral to improve hospital care for people with a learning disability.

Treat Me Well’ is a three-year campaign that will see national charity Mencap working with partners and hospitals across the country. In Wirral, local affiliated group, Wirral Mencap will work alongside the national organisation and Wirral University Teaching Hospital to meet the aims of the campaign.

At a launch event held at Arrowe Park Hospital, people with a learning disability and hospital staff heard more about the campaign and its objectives which include mandatory training for hospital staff and a greater emphasis on making ‘reasonable adjustments’ to the care and treatment people with a learning disability receive. The event was one of over 80 held across the UK, including a large-scale event at the Royal College of Nursing.

Nationally, it is estimated that 1,200 people with a learning disability die avoidably every year. On average women with a learning disability die 18 years sooner, and men with a learning disability die 14 years sooner than the general population in England.

Chloe Harvey, Chief Executive of Wirral Mencap who organised the local launch event, said: "We need to work together to tackle the issue of avoidable deaths and to improve general patient care for those with a learning disability. It is great to have University Teaching Hospital on board and we look forward to working with them and our National Mencap colleagues over the next 3-years.  

“The event this week was a chance for us to kick-start this national campaign in Wirral and to get people with a learning disability, family members and hospital staff on board.”