Tuesday, 20 May 2008

Brain injury findings shock association

Full Story: http://www.stopinjusticenow.com/News_0795.htm

BRAIN injury association Headway has slammed patient care provision after cases of discrimination were revealed. A countrywide survey uncovered high levels of discrimination and prejudice from the public against people with brain injuries, resulting in social isolation. The survey also exposed poor treatment by health and social services. Linda Kerley, chief executive officer of Headway East Kent, based at the Kent & Canterbury Hospital, was shocked by the results. She said: We are appalled so many people with brain injuries are being mistreated by statuary agencies and are facing prejudice by wider society. We hear numerous stories of how our service users are often bullied, harassed and ridiculed for their disabilities, which is highly disturbing in a sophisticated society like ours. The study explored the feelings of those suffering with brain injuries and looked at how they felt they were treated. According to the survey 60 per cent have experienced discrimination from at least one social service and 17 per cent have been refused support from a social services team. In 2005 the government launched the National Service Framework for Long Term Conditions.

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