We are pleased to support Paul Ridd Foundation’s campaign and petition to make learning disability training to hospital staff mandatory.
Yesterday ITV Wales News visited Paul Ridd Foundation to support their work. Our new Chief Executive Officer, Martyn Jones was interviewed and gave Learning Disability Wales’ views.
Photo caption: Jayne & Jonathon being interviewed by ITV
ITV Wales news 1 August 2018: 6pm please listen from 55s
to 3m 50s: see here
Paul Ridd was Jayne and Jonathon's brother. He had severe
learning disabilities and died in Morriston Hospital in 2009. The
Public Services Ombudsmen report into the circumstances leading to
Paul's death said that neglect, lack of training and ignorance were
contributory factors leading to Paul's death. Paul Ridd Foundation call on Welsh Government
to ensure all healthcare professionals get mandatory training to
address the huge health inequalities facing people with autism and
a learning disability.
Jayne and Jonathon have worked tirelessly to improve the
hospital care and treatment that people with a learning disability
receive. There have been improvements such as the care bundle, the
hospital logo, champions and training.
Jayne said 'there is a lack of training and awareness from
hospital staff as some staff don't understand what a learning
Martyn Jones, Chief Executive Officer of Learning Disability
Wales is pleased to support the campaign and petition and added in
his interview 'there are stories of young people who are being
removed from GP lists. This can be about surgery staff not
understanding that the person has a learning disability and a fear
being generated from their behaviour'. This is unacceptable in
They now call for learning disability training to be mandatory
so that ALL staff from porters and receptionists to nurses and
Doctors know what to do.
Please sign the petition here and spread the word. They want to
collect 10,000 signatures.