Jan Tregelles, Mencap's Chief Executive, said:

“These are very welcome first steps for NHS staff in England to get basic training on how to provide high quality care for people with a learning disability .

But if the NHS really wants to stop the scandal of the 1,200 preventable deaths of people with a learning disability every year, all nurses and doctors must get higher level training.

This mandatory training must be in partnership with people with a learning disability and their families, and teach all nurses and doctors how to make reasonable adjustments and understand key laws like the Mental Capacity Act. 

We say to Government – please don’t miss this huge opportunity.”

Now, watch Michelle, a Treat me well campaigner, discuss her thoughts on the Government 's decision:

Find out more about our Treat me well campaign which aims to transform how the NHS treats people with a learning disability in hospital.

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