Learning disability care plea to NHS

PUBLISHED: 10:26 06 December 2012

Paul Rooke, the Learning Disability Parliament manager.

Paul Rooke, the Learning Disability Parliament manager.


The Learning Disability Parliament voice their concerns about future changes to NHS resources, services and facilities in Devon.

Members of the Learning Disability Parliament have voiced their concerns about future changes to NHS resources, services and facilities for those with learning disabilities in Devon.

Representatives from across Devon, including Exeter and East Devon, were able to discuss changes to services with the general manager of learning disabilities Devon Partnership NHS Trust Tony Fahy who attended the Devon-wide parliament day.

During the event, representatives took part in workshops where they were able to raise concerns regarding transport and being able to get to and from appointments, the need for clearer information and signage, long waiting times and funding for services.

They also said they would prefer to see the same GP and wanted doctors to be patient with them and talk to them not their carer – using communication aids appropriate to them.

Mr Fahy addressed these concerns when speaking about the “changing directions” for services and the importance of thinking about the needs of people with learning disabilities when looking at services.

The parliament heard that in the county there would be changes to the way money is spent to make sure there will be more help when those with learning disabilities go to the hospital or doctor.

It is hoped there will be more learning disability nurses in GP surgeries, hospitals and mental health teams as well as learning disability health teams in the future.

Mr Fahy reassured those in attendance that learning disability in-patient beds would still be available.

“They were there to speak out about what they wanted to see and what is important to them,” says Paul Rooke Learning Disability Parliament manager.

“It is very important that we have our voice heard.”

Anyone interested in joining the Learning Disability Parliament is urged to contact Paul by emailing steph.parliament@gmail.com

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