The Right to Life
In 2007 Mencap published a report written by Beverley Dawkins entitled Death by Indifference. It told the stories of six people who had died as a result of what Mencap claimed was institutional discrimination.In 2013 the Confidential Inquiry into the deaths of people with learning disabilities wrote:
Of the 238 deaths of people with learning disabilities for which agreement was reached by the Overview Panel, 42% were assessed as being premature. The most common reasons for deaths being assessed as premature were: delays or problems with diagnosis or treatment; and problems with identifying needs and providing appropriate care in response to changing needs
In 2018 the LeDeR Report stated that 28% of people with learning disabilities would die before they are fifty and from other data published in a blog by Chris Hatton we know “that people with learning disabilities live, on average, lives 15-20 years shorter than other people”. Shocking but in human terms the deaths of people with learning disabilities can never just be described with statistics.
In 2012 Richard Handley died from what a coroner's inquiry would later describe as preventable causes.
A tribute to Richard by Emily Handley
Connor Sparrowhawk and Justice for LB
Connor Sparrowhawk was a very cool dude. Funny, inquisitive, loving, and with the style of a Hugo Boss model. For 18 years he lived a life full of love and adventure surrounded by family and friends. In 2013, after 107 days in a NHS assessment and treatment unit, Connor drowned in the bath.
Oliver McGowan died in the care of the NHS probably as a result of the over prescribing of anti-psychotic medication and arrogance.