On October 23rd Siraaj Nadat, Self-Advocacy Officer with Changing Our Lives, attended the All Party Parliamentary Group (APG) at The Houses of Parliament. All-Party Groups (APGs) are informal cross-party groups that are essentially run by and for Members of the Commons and Lords, although many groups involve individuals and organisations from outside Parliament.
Siraaj was invited to attend as part of a panel of experts in their field from The Learning Disability Health Observatory and The Confidential Enquiry into the deaths of people with learning disabilities. This APG was to present the work that they been doing over the last 3 years. Healthcare for All, the report of the Independent Inquiry by Sir Jonathan Michael, that followed Death by Indifference said, "One problem we had was that we didn't know enough about the experience of people with learning disabilities in health services. People with learning disabilities were often not identified in health care systems and were therefore invisible".
Sir Jonathan Michael recommended that there should be a Confidential Inquiry into the deaths of people with learning disabilities and a Learning Disabilities Public Health Observatory. The APG was very well attended and Tom Clarke, MP Chaired the meeting. Delegates included Baroness Howe of Idlicote, Parliamentarian and Mark Goldring, CEO Mencap. Siraaj said, "It was amazing to go and speak at The Houses of Parliament. I felt very proud and honoured to have been invited to be part of a meeting at such a prestigious venue. It just took my breath away".