by Steve Powell,
Finally we are making headway.
Deaf people have faced inequality in healthcare for far too long. At last there are the beginnings of change.
For years we have been telling the NHS and government that they need to do more to give Deaf people access to healthcare which is equivalent to what hearing people get. They kept asking for proof that there was a problem.
the proof we needed
Sick Of It has been our proof. It has provided evidence which has made NHS England and government ministers take notice.
Doors are starting to open.
The Accessible Information Standard (1605) and access to the NHS and government services using BSL are two big examples of real change beginning. There are hints and signs of many more to come.
hard work to come
To make it happen we need to keep pushing, to keep working towards a service which treats Deaf people fairly. We will be doing that with closer partnerships with local Deaf organisations, through continued discussion with NHS England, and with the support from Deaf people themselves.
It’s been a good year. It’s just the start.