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Disabled doctor left ‘stranded’ on London train – BBC News

A disabled doctor said she was left feeling “worthless” when she was stranded on a train in her wheelchair.

Dr Hannah Barham-Brown said passengers had to fetch a ramp to get her off the train at Euston station on Wednesday evening when no staff arrived to help.

She said she almost missed her train to Birmingham the same day, when staff at Euston did not meet her off the Tube.

Network Rail said it “clearly” needs to do more to improved disabled access.

Dr Barham-Brown, who works at St George’s Hospital, Tooting, south London, had been travelling to a conference about doctors with disabilities.

After getting the Tube from her home in Earlsfield to King’s Cross, she had to wheel herself up the pavement to Euston because there was no step-free access from Euston underground station to the train platforms.

‘A lesser citizen’

She said she had to lean her head out of the door and “yell to get off the train” when she arrived at Birmingham International station.

Hours later, she experienced a similar thing in Euston when two passers-by had to help her on to the platform.

The junior doctor, 30, said such incidents were “no surprise” but made her want to give up on public transport.

“They just make me feel kind of worthless in a way – like my day doesn’t matter, my job doesn’t matter,” she said.

“It makes you feel like a lesser citizen.”

Read more at: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-43595401

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