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‘Treat me well’ hospital protests planned

A group of campaigners will take to West Suffolk Hospital next week to protest against unequal healthcare for people with learning disabilities.

The event, organised by Mencap, is being run as part of the organisation’s Treat Me Well campaign for Learning Disability Week, which runs from June 18 to 24. It seeks to end unfair treatment of people with learning disabilities within the healthcare system.

It will be held on Wednesday, June 20 between 10.30am and 2pm in the hospital’s time out cafeteria.

“People with a learning disability get worse healthcare than people without,” said Andy Feather and Jo Connah, who will help run the event. Every single year 1,200 people with a learning disability die when their death could have been avoided if they had got good healthcare.

“This event was a chance for local campaigners to ensure our local NHS Trust and people who work in our hospitals are aware of the simple reasonable adjustments they need to be making by law. These adjustments can save lives.”

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