Lynne Featherstone

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MP takes fight for accessible health information for Haringey’s blind and partially sighted to GPs

Stepping up her fight to improve access for blind and partially sighted people to information from local health services, Lynne Featherstone MP has this week written to all local GPs urging them to provide details of their services in Braille and audio formats.

This latest initiative follows a successful drive in February by the Hornsey and Wood Green MP to get the local Whittington Hospital to agree to produce information about their services in formats accessible to blind and partially sighted people. But to ensure the whole local healthcare system offers accessible formats, as required under law, and for the information to be included in referrals to the hospital, GPs need to follow suit too.

Lynne Featherstone MP comments:

“It’s great that the Whittington is continuing to extend the service of providing health information in accessible formats, but for the local health system to be fully accessible, GPs need to do the same.

“That’s why I am calling on them to act now to provide details of their services in Braille and audio formats. We all have the right to keep health information private, and I will continue fighting to make sure that is the reality for blind and partially sighted people locally too.”

Fri 9 July 2010
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  1. Clive says:

    Lynne, the Incapacity Benefit Atos retest centres, many of them have no disabled access. Is this to catch people out? One person I heard had to try to climb 4 flights of stairs, needed medical assistance when reaching the floor he needed to be on and THEN was reprimanded for being late by the Atos assessor (not a doctor) who then went on to class him as ‘fit for work’.

    Why are the Lib Dems assisting the Tories in their vilification of disabled people and not OPPOSING the mass retesting of all DLA recipients?

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