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Clive is backing the Treat me well campaign from Royal Mencap Society to improve healthcare for people with a learning disability.

Attending Mencap’s Learning Disability Week reception in Parliament on Monday 18th June, Clive spoke with people with a learning disability about the challenges they face when visiting their doctor or a hospital. Shadow Minister Barbara Keeley MP also spoke about the need to tackle this healthcare inequality now.

Mencap reports that three people with a learning disability die avoidably every day. That is to say their deaths would be avoided by improving the quality of healthcare for people with a learning disability.

Mencap’s new campaign, Treat me well, aims to change this by making sure all health professionals receive learning disability awareness training. An important part of this is understanding how to make ‘reasonable adjustments’. These are simple things such as having a quiet space to wait for an appointment, jargon free easy to understand information and longer appointment times as it can sometimes take longer for people with a learning disability to express themselves or they may well need support to do so.

These reasonable adjustments are often small but can really help and even save lives.

Quote from Clive Efford MP:

“Meeting and hearing the stories of people with learning disabilities placed a human face on the shocking statistics around life expectancy for people with learning disabilities.

“I am supporting Mencap’s Treat me well campaign as people with learning disability have the same right as anyone else to receive good healthcare.

“Too often people with learning disability are not helped to understand what the doctor or nurse is explaining, are not provided with easy to understand information about medicines or are given the time to explain how they are feeling.

I look forward to working with Mencap, local Mencap groups and the local NHS to reduce healthcare inequalities for people with learning disability.”

Lloyd Page, Mencap spokesperson with a learning disability:

“Treat me well will help the NHS provide better healthcare to people with learning disabilities. By giving all doctors and nurses learning disability training they will have the skills and knowledge to give the 1.4million people in the UK with a learning disability the best possible healthcare.

“We also want everyone who treats a patient to learn about reasonable adjustments. A reasonable adjustment is when a person goes into hospital and asks for extra support so they can have an equal service to everyone else. Reasonable adjustments are powerful and really help us when they are put in place. All healthcare professionals should offer reasonable adjustments.

“My message for healthcare professionals is to please treat patients with a learning disability well, give us respect, and think about what reasonable adjustments you can give to help us.”

Clive celebrates learning disability week

Clive is backing the Treat me well campaign from Royal Mencap Society to improve healthcare for people with a learning disability. Attending Mencap’s Learning Disability Week reception in Parliament on...

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Clive has joined the RSPCA in Parliament to campaign for a ban on the use of wild animals in circuses.

Circuses are wholly unsuitable environments for wild animals, with repeated studies showing that circus life is likely to have a significantly harmful impact on the welfare of many types of animals1. An increasing number of countries have now introduced bans on the use of wild animals in circuses, leaving the UK lagging behind on this important issue of animal welfare2.

A total ban is long overdue and is supported by the public. With the existing regulations due to expire in January 2020, now is the time for the Government to take action to cement the UK’s position as a world leader in animal welfare3.

Clive Efford said:

“I’m proud to support the RSPCA in campaigning to bring an end to the use of wild animals in circuses. We are a nation of animal lovers, so I find it shocking that this practice is still happening in the UK today. It is time for the Government to take action.”

Ros Clubb, Senior Scientific Manager for Captive Wild Animals, said:

“Wild animals do not belong in the circus. We continue to push the Westminster Government to bring in its manifesto promise to ban the outdated practice of using wild animals in circuses in England as we believe these animals cannot be cared for adequately within the current level of regulations. Circuses touring with wild animals need to be finally consigned to the history books. In 2018, there's simply no excuse for it.”

Clive calls on Government to ban the use of wild animals in circuses

Clive has joined the RSPCA in Parliament to campaign for a ban on the use of wild animals in circuses. Circuses are wholly unsuitable environments for wild animals, with repeated...

Clive has written to the Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling to reiterate his demand for Govia to be prevented from bidding again on the contract for Southeastern rail services.

Clive has also called for an investigation into the train which became stranded outside Lewisham on the 5th April - this occurred just over one month after a similar incident took place on the 2nd March.

You can read the text of Clive's letter below

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Clive calls for inquiry after another train is stranded outside Lewisham

Clive has written to the Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling to reiterate his demand for Govia to be prevented from bidding again on the contract for Southeastern rail...


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