Category: Rights

Raised profile of mental health points up flaws in system in crisis

Ruth Patrick has identified some encouraging signs with more positive attitudes and perception of mental health, but under-funding and ongoing cuts to services shed a less positive light. For years, describing mental health as the ‘Cinderella’ of NHS provision was commonplace, an easy shorthand for the chronic under-funding and poor levels of mental health care. … Continue reading Raised profile of mental health points up flaws in system in crisis

Past lessons for future voices

Past lessons for future voices

As a nascent umbrella organisation of disabled people takes its first steps to being our voice, Mike Oliver reflects on what the future needs to learn from the past. A recent conference organised by the Reclaiming Our Futures Alliance (ROFA) highlighted the need for a new national umbrella organisation suggesting that the United Kingdom Disabled … Continue reading Past lessons for future voices

DDA: flawed Act still better than the alternative

The absorption of the DDA into the Equalities Act in 2007 represented dilution of legislation which, despite its weaknesses still managed to achieve change, says Peter White. Twenty years ago I presented my first piece for BBC ONE’s prestigious Six O'clock News. It covered the passing of the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) and for me, … Continue reading DDA: flawed Act still better than the alternative

Lost voices and collective silence

History teaches us the importance of speaking up for ourselves individually and collectively says Professor Mike Oliver. I was a founder member of the Spinal Injuries Association in 1974 and I have been a member ever since, proud to support an organisation which has always been led by people with spinal cord injuries. The organisation … Continue reading Lost voices and collective silence

Letting the genetic genie out of the bottle

Letting the genetic genie out of the bottle

Recent discussions of so-called 'three parent babies' prompts Mike Oliver to warn us to learn the lessons of history and guard against the relentless and potentially menacing march of science. The UK is likely to become the first country to allow the creation of babies from three people. Following a free vote in the House … Continue reading Letting the genetic genie out of the bottle