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Planet Rachael: Time to debunk assumptions about learning disability and sexual health

If all healthcare staff had a better understanding of learning disability, they would be able to provide good quality care for all service users
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If all healthcare staff had a better understanding of learning disability, they would be able to provide good quality care for all service users

Evidence suggests people with learning disabilities can be disregarded by those who profess to care.

They can have their lives devalued by those who, evidence suggests, make ill-founded discriminatory assumptions about quality of life.

You will know that where these attitudes exist and persist, so does health inequality.

As an example, I attempted to arrange a female health test for Rachael that she herself, having carefully read the literature, decided she wanted to have.

Exposed to risky behaviours?

The practice nurse tried to argue she didn’t need it ‘as she won’t be sexually active’ (says who?) or wouldn’t be exposing herself to risky behaviours I (hope not, but – again – says who?).

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