How to write to your MP about health inequality and GP training
On 20th November alongside Beyond Words and Certitude, Dimensions will be holding a drop-in event on learning disability and autism health at the Houses of Parliament. By writing to your MP you can encourage them to attend so they can find out how they can help make healthcare fair for people with learning disabilities and autism.
How to write to your MP
Writing to your MP is easy, and can help show them what issues are important to the people in their area. You can contact your MP in a few steps:
- Visit www.writetothem.com
- Search your postcode
- Click on your MP from the list
- Write your own message, or use our suggested text below, and send.
Currently, student GPs receive no mandated face-to-face training around caring for people with learning disabilities and this is negatively impacting the care some patients receive. By writing to your MP you can help push government to make learning disability and autism training compulsory.
You can write your own message, or use our suggested text to tell your MP why it’s important to support #MyGPandMe.
Suggested text for your letter
Copy and paste the text below into the message box, add the right information in the [square brackets] and delete anything that isn’t relevant to you.
Dear [name of your MP],
I am writing to you to express my concern about the lack of training GPs receive to care for people who have learning disabilities and autism. I am sharing my support for the #MyGPandMe campaign led by Dimensions and hope you will read their report: Making Primary Care Fair.
Currently, there is no mandated face-to-face training around caring for people with learning disabilities and autism for student GPs, yet there is an overwhelming demand from GPs for more training. Lack of training is having a negative impact on people who have learning disabilities and autism:
· People with learning disabilities are five times more likely to end up in hospital for preventable issues that can be treated by their GP (EHRC)
· Men with learning disabilities live 23 years less than the general population, and women with learning disabilities live up to 29 years less (hqip.uk)
· People with learning disabilities or autism are 30% less likely to feel listened to by the GP
· 55% of GPs identified communication issues between patients, support workers and GPs as an obstacle
· 98% of GPs say they would benefit from a short training session, led by people with learning disabilities or autism, on how to meet the individual needs of patients.
Dimensions and I need your support to make training on learning disability and autism mandatory for all healthcare professionals, so that we can reduce health inequalities.
[You can tell your story of accessing primary health care, if you want.]
Please show your support by signing Early Day Motion (1365) – Health Inequalities for people with learning disability and autism. You can also tweet your support using the hashtag #MyGPandMe.
[If you would like to meet your MP to talk about training in your area the you can ask them here]
If you would like to hear more about the campaign then please get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website: www.dimensions-uk.org/mygpandme
[First name] [Second name]
[Supported to write this by XXX]