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Coronavirus: Hearing Impairment

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 17th March 2020.

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Photo of Liz Twist Liz Twist Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that accessible Government advice on covid-19 is provided to people (a) who use British Sign Language as their primary language and (b) with hearing loss.

Photo of Jo Churchill Jo Churchill The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

Holding answer received on 16 March 2020

All guidance, statements and public information released by the Government are readily available to read online. Information on COVID-19 from Public Health England and the Department is translated into British Sign Language videos can be found at the following link:

https://www.signhealth.org.uk/

In addition to this, the Chancellor has advised that the National Health Service will get whatever resources it needs to cope with a COVID-19 epidemic.

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