Boyle encourages support for Learning Disability Week
Sinn Féin MLA Michaela Boyle has encouraged support for Learning Disability Week.
The party’s Disability and Ethnic Minorities spokesperson was speaking after attending the rededication of the Leonard Cheshire garden in Omagh.
The West Tyrone MLA said:
“This year the focus of Learning Disability Week is health, with a big focus on the ‘Treat Me Well Campaign’.
“The ‘Treat Me Well Campaign’ calls on NHS staff and people with a learning disability to work together to improve healthcare for patients with a learning disability as quite often the treatment people with a learning disability get in hospital is still not good enough.
“Hospitals can make some simple changes that will make a difference to how someone with a learning disability encounters healthcare in hospital, this includes ensuring communicating better, giving clearer information and taking more time help to save lives.
“I would encourage all hospital workers to become ‘Treat me well Champions’ and to hold events in their local hospital.”