Hearing Impairment: Coronavirus

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 14th September 2020.

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Photo of Justin Madders Justin Madders Shadow Minister (Health and Social Care)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that measures introduced under the Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) Regulations are inclusive of people who are (a) deaf or (b) hard of hearing.

Photo of Helen Whately Helen Whately Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

At each review point of the Regulations, impacts on groups with protected characteristics have been carefully considered, in line with the Public Sector Equality Duty requirement for public bodies to have due regard to the need to eliminate discrimination, advance equality of opportunity and foster good relations between different people when carrying out their activities.

The Government has set out in guidance to businesses that they should consider the particular needs of those with protected characteristics, such as those who are hard of hearing at the following link:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/media/5eb9703de90e07082fa57ce0/working-safely-during-covid-19-shops-branches-v2-140620.pdf

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