Departments: Epilepsy

Trade and Industry written question – answered on 7th June 2007.

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Photo of Nick Hurd Nick Hurd Conservative, Ruislip - Northwood

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many people with epilepsy are employed by his Department; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Jim Fitzpatrick Jim Fitzpatrick Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Employment Relations & Postal Services)

In line with commitments on confidentiality given to staff, the Department does not maintain central records of the detail of an individual's disability or long-term health condition. Currently approximately 8 per cent. of all staff within the Department have recorded a disability or long term health condition.

All staff with disabilities or long term health conditions, including epilepsy and related conditions, are encouraged to discuss with their line managers any impact on their work and reasonable adjustments that may help within the work place. Reasonable adjustments to assist staff with epilepsy could include additional time off for medical appointments, awareness training for team members, adjustments to work objectives or targets, adjustments to lighting, seating or IT equipment, advice from our Occupational Health Service and flexible working.

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