Hearing Impairment: Coronavirus

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 10th November 2020.

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Photo of Christopher Chope Christopher Chope Conservative, Christchurch

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make it his policy to promote the use of clear face coverings in healthcare and other settings to assist people with hearing problems; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Christopher Chope Christopher Chope Conservative, Christchurch

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the introduction of regulations requiring the use of face coverings was linked to an increase in infection rates of covid-19; and if he will make a statement.

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

On 22 September, the Prime Minister outlined a host of measures, including changes to the face covering regulations, in order to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and prevent a second national lockdown. The Government continues to keep these measures under review and will make changes as necessary.

As part of a pilot, NHS England and NHS Improvement have procured 250,000 transparent facemasks to help facilitate communication with users who rely on lip-reading and facial expressions. This includes people who are d/Deaf and people with hearing loss, people with dementia, people with a learning disability, autistic people and people with complex needs including behaviour that challenges.

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