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Health Services: Sign Language

Health written question – answered on 13th June 2011.

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Photo of Ben Bradshaw Ben Bradshaw Labour, Exeter

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what provision his Department makes for users of British Sign Language to access health services.

Photo of Paul Burstow Paul Burstow The Minister of State, Department of Health

The Department is committed to making sure that all the information we publish uses language that is appropriate to the intended audience, and to making sure that information is available in accessible formats, and via accessible methods.

It is up to individual national health service organisations to decide how they comply with the Equality Act 2010. However, the NHS Equality and Diversity Council, chaired by Sir David Nicholson, NHS chief executive, has a strategic role to support the NHS to deliver better outcomes for patients, comply with the Equality Act 2010 and ensure services and work places are personal, fair and diverse with equality of opportunity and treatment for all.

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