On day four, three mothers of children with disability, and an advocate gave evidence. Themes were similar to previous days – including devaluing of people with disability by health professionals, diagnostic overshadowing and lack of consideration of choice or preference. Several of the parents believed their child received sub-standard health care due to their disability.
A mother, who has a daughter with Down syndrome, spoke of the barriers caused by medical professionals’ attitudes toward her child. She said doctors frequently overstepped their medical remit, instead providing their social opinion.