General Practitioners: Disability Aids

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 20th May 2021.

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Photo of Holly Mumby-Croft Holly Mumby-Croft Conservative, Scunthorpe

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the availability of hoists in (a) GP and (b) Primary Care settings to ensure that patients with conditions that affect mobility are able to be examined.

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

No specific assessment has been made. General practitioner practices are required to ensure that their premises are suitable for the delivery of essential services and that these services are sufficient to meet the reasonable needs of their patients, including those with disabilities. In dental primary care settings, adults with moderate and severe physical disabilities, including those requiring specialised equipment such as hoists, may be referred to specialised dental services.

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