This learning disability week our self-advocate group re-launched their Treat Me Well campaign for a dedicated learning disability nurse at Northwick Park Hospital.

The campaign comes as the number of people with a learning disability has increased by 134% this year.

According to the Care Quality Commission, 386 of these deaths occurred between 10 April – 15 May, with over 200 people dying from confirmed or suspected cases of Covid-19.

Harrow Mencap CEO Deven Pillay had this to say about the campaign:

These statistics clearly show that more must be done to ensure the health needs of citizens with learning disabilities are met. Learning disability nurses can provide vital input in the general healthcare of individuals, and even more so at a critical time such as this. Their support can mean the difference between life and death, including mental, psychological health support, and treatment of underlying conditions that put people with learning disabilities at greater risk. Had there been more across the country, there might well have been fewer fatalities. A permanent learning disability nurse at Northwick Park Hospital is an important local step towards addressing this disturbing national issue.

As a part of the campaign, the self-advocate group prepared a letter to the London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust who run Northwick Park Hospital. 

You can read the letter below, or to download it, please click here.