NHS: Disability

Health written question – answered on 9th September 2013.

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Photo of Jim Sheridan Jim Sheridan Labour, Paisley and Renfrewshire North

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what benefits the NHS offers under disability leave; and which NHS trusts offer disability leave.

Photo of Daniel Poulter Daniel Poulter The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

The Department does not collect this information as national health service organisations are independent employers.

Public sector employers are under a particular duty under the Public Sector Equality Duty to eliminate discrimination and promote equality. The Equality Act 2010 Employment Statutory Code of Practice identifies disability leave as an example of a reasonable adjustment that an employer should consider.

As a matter of good practice, NHS organisations should have a policy such as a special leave policy that incorporates disability leave.

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