Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Health: Protect any more vulnerable patients with a learning disability from dying due to poor and unequal care.
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Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Health: Protect any more vulnerable patients with a learning disability from dying due to poor and unequal care.

    1. Christine Papalabropoulos
    2. Petition by

      Christine Papalabropoulos

      Wickford, United Kingdom

I had two children with disabilities. Now I only have one.

My daughter Tina died aged just 23 because she wasn’t given the right treatment. She wasn’t given the right treatment because of her disability.

You expect all patients to receive the same care, compassion, dignity and respect. This isn't always the case when a person with a learning disability becomes ill.

It wasn’t the case for our Tina - she was failed repeatedly by those services that were meant to help her. She wasn’t given the treatment she needed, and even her basic needs were neglected.

My husband and I suffer every day with feelings of guilt, feeling that we let our daughter down when she needed us most.

But, we are not alone in this. As many as 1,200 other people with a learning disability are dying every year in England because they are not being given the correct treatment. Each of them leaves behind family and loved ones who have to come to terms with their loss. Try and imagine how that feels.

We really need your support to help us fight for the government to put in place strong actions to safeguard individuals with disabilities against discriminative practices that put their lives at risk.

Families need to know that, when their loved one becomes ill and needs treatment, they will receive the best treatment possible for their condition.

You can't imagine how fearful we are every time our other daughter becomes ill and she either has to visit a doctor or go to hospital.

I wasn’t able to save Tina, but I can still protect my other daughter. We just need your help.

You can hear more about our story by watching this video which was produced by the Guardian.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 1,500 signatures
    2. Over 1000 signatures, but still no word from Jeremy Hunt

      Christine Papalabropoulos
      Petition Organizer

      Despite the petition now having over 1000 signatures, Jeremy Hunt is yet to acknowledge this petition or address the fact that thousands of disabled people are dying every year due to failings in the care they receive.

      How many people have to die before action is finally taken?

      How many signatures will it take before Jeremy Hunt treats this issue with the seriousness it deserves?

      Let's not stop until firm action is taken. We owe it to every person who has lost their life and every family who has lost a loved one.

      Thank you.

    3. Reached 1,000 signatures
    4. Let's hit 1000!

      Christine Papalabropoulos
      Petition Organizer

      A week after we started, the petition has over 600 signatures and counting!

      Thanks to all of you who have supported the petition so far. It means so much to me and the family.

      Reading the comments, it's clear that this is an issue that strikes a chord with so many people and, sadly, something that has touched the lives of many families like our own.

      By joining our voices together though I believe we can bring about change and create a safer future for all.

      Let's get the petition to 1000 signatures and beyond!

    5. Reached 500 signatures
    6. On the road to 500 signatures!

      Christine Papalabropoulos
      Petition Organizer

      As we move into day 3 of the petition we are over half way towards 500 signatures! This is brilliant progress.

      Thank you all so much for your support and for sharing your own reasons for signing. Together, we can bring about a change.

      By joining our voices together, we can shout loud on behalf of all those who have suffered due to poor care. Shout until we are heard by the Government and they take the firm action that is so desperately needed!

    7. Reached 250 signatures
    8. 100 Signatures in less than a day!

      Christine Papalabropoulos
      Petition Organizer

      We've hit 100 signatures in the first day of the petition! This is a really great start and I'm so grateful to everyone who has signed so far but please do keep signing and sharing. The more support we have, the more likely it is that the Secretary of State will have to finally treat this issue with the seriousness it deserves.

      Thank you

    9. Reached 100 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Helen Barnes YORK, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 1 month ago

      Have a daughter with a disability.

    • chris Scullion SWANSEA, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 4 months ago

      I have family members with disabilities plus I have heard first hand through work connections of people with a LD not being given treatments and being neglected in hospitals. Everyone deserves the same excellent care when they enter hospital who ever they are and what ever disabilities they may have.

      • 4 months ago

      Because my grandson died in NHS care as we'll. it's just not good enough.

      • 6 months ago

      My younger brother has severe learning difficulties, autism and an ingrown toenail. He is being let down over the ingrown toenail just because he won't fit into the NHS's mould of an ordinary person.

    • lee murray DUDLEY, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 7 months ago

      people with learning disabilities cant always make themselves understud very easily so more attention should be paid to them


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