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22 October 2012
This week Ataxia UK will join a vigil at the Ministry of Justice to present a petition in support of Ataxia UK Friend, Daniel Roque Hall.
Daniel, 30, has advanced Friedreich’s ataxia, and needs a high level of 24-hour care. He was sentenced to 3.5 years in prison in June, and sent to Wormwood Scrubs in July, following assurances from the prison that they can meet his complex healthcare needs. However, within weeks of commencing his sentence Daniel’s health had deteriorated to the point of requiring emergency admission to hospital intensive care and being placed on a ventilator.
One of Ataxia UK’s primary concerns is to ensure that all people who have this condition are able to access the best possible level of care and services and we believe that Daniel’s requirements are likely to be best catered for somewhere other than Wormwood Scrubs.
The petition says:
“We, the undersigned, call on the Minister of Justice urgently to reconsider the case of Daniel Roque Hall before further irreparable damage is done to Daniel's health and before his already reduced life-expectancy be further diminished.
“Wormwood Scrubs is woefully incapable of providing for the needs of a prisoner suffering from an advanced stage of Friedrich's ataxia and we urge the Minister to ensure that Daniel serve the remainder of his prison sentence at a suitable place of confinement, properly adapted to his needs, or tagged at home.”
We would urge people to sign the petition and to join us in supporting Daniel’s mother, Anne Hall, in her fight for the basic human rights of her son.
Join the vigil
1pm, Thursday 25th October
Ministry of Justice
London SW1H 9AJ