§ Lord Morris of Manchester
asked Her Majesty's Government:
What consideration the Department of Health has given to the Leonard Cheshire External Policy Unit report entitledA Survey of Disability Access Policies in Primary Care Trusts; and what action they will be taking on its recommendations. [HL2306]
§ Baroness Andrews:
The Government welcome this report and the Minister of State for Health, who attended its launch on 26 March wrote to the Leonard Cheshire Foundation on 25 April setting out the actions the Government are already taking to offer better access to people with disabilities, and the further actions now planned. These include the establishment of a joint group with the Disability Rights Commission (DRC) to develop a programme to address disability equality issues; placing a new duty on National Health Service bodies to involve and consult patients and the public (including disabled people and groups) in developing services; as part of a wider equalities and diversity strategy for the NHS workforce commissioning the NHS University to lead development of a disabilities awareness training plan which will consider with the Leonard Cheshire Foundation and the DRC how best to use the "Working with Disability" learning package; and supporting primary care providers in ensuring that their premises comply with the Disability Discrimination Act.