Institutional discrimination leads to at least 74 deaths

The death of at least 74 patients with a learning disability has led to accusations that the NHS may have caused or contributed towards “institutional discrimination” of some patients.

Mistakes in hospital and a failure to correctly treat patient either complicated or caused the 74 deaths, according to both the families of victims and Mencap.

A series of recent reports has criticised the NHS for providing poor care towards its patients and already four cases have been ruled as avoidable deaths with eight others found to contain serious failings.

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David Congdon, Mencap’s head of campaigns and policy believe that these cases are examples of poor NHS care towards people with a learning disability.

“They confirm that too many parts of the health service still do not understand how to treat people with a learning disability and they are an appalling catalogue of neglect and indignity,” he said.

“As a result of institutional discrimination in the NHS, people with a learning disability are dying when their lives could be saved.”

Some examples of the negligence include situations where patients have been denied basic nursing care, staff have failed to diagnose serious illness and patients have been denied the appropriate medication. 

The NHS’s medical director Professor Sir Bruce Keogh has vowed to look closely at the Mencap dossier to ensure that all members of the community are receiving equal healthcare.

“…I take very seriously any evidence that this is not reflected in our NHS. I look forward to seeing the Mencap report,” he said.

What should I do if I’m being discriminated against?

When it comes to medical treatment there is no room for discrimination, and any negligence in this area can lead to potentially fatal illnesses and injuries. If you feel that you are being discriminated against then you could be eligible to make a claim for compensation. Discrimination is not tolerated in a medical system and if you feel that you are being treated unjustly then you could be eligible to make a compensation claim.

How could I make a claim?

Making a claim for discrimination can seem like a difficult and somewhat challenging task, but it doesn’t have to be when you leave it to the experts. At Manners Pimblett we can work with you throughout the claims process every step of the way. Working together with our team we will ensure that you receive the compensation you are entitled to. So what are you waiting for? Contact the Manners Pimblett team today on 0845 077 0772. 

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