Last year we received feedback from over 400 of our members on their experiences within NHS funded health centres, GP practices and hospitals. The findings of the research were discussed at a special event at the Scottish Parliament, attended by Maureen Watt, Minister for Mental Health as well as health professionals, MSPs, Down’s Syndrome Scotland representatives and people with Down’s syndrome.
Some of the key issues raised were poor communication, negative attitudes from health professionals and inconsistent levels of care.
Over the past couple of years, the Scottish Government has worked towards improving the quality of life of people with Down’s syndrome, through the publications of important strategies like; The Keys to Life2 or A Fairer Scotland for Disabled People. Nonetheless there is more consideration needed on the implementation of these policies, through improved staff knowledge and practice. We hope that recommendations outlined in our report will help improve services for people with Down’s syndrome and their families.
You can download and read this report below. If you have any questions regarding it please contact Rachel@dsscotland.org.uk.