Disability

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered am ar 22 Mai 2024.

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Photo of Stephanie Peacock Stephanie Peacock Shadow Minister (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, which public body is responsible for confirming whether patients meet the definition of disability under the Equality Act 2010.

Photo of Stephanie Peacock Stephanie Peacock Shadow Minister (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment she has made of NHS England's ability to meet its Public Sector Equality Duty in the event that it is unable to inform patients of whether they are disabled or not.

Photo of Maria Caulfield Maria Caulfield The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade) (Minister for Women)

It is for individual National Health Service organisations, including NHS trusts and integrated care boards, to comply with the Equality Act 2010. Guidance on the act is available at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/equality-act-2010-guidance

The act defines disability as a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on a person’s ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities. NHS England has issued guidance for NHS commissioners on equality and health inequality legal duties, which is available at the following link:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/about/equality/equality-hub/patient-equalities-programme/legal-duties/

NHS England is also working to improve the use and recording of reasonable adjustments to make it easier for disabled people to use health services, by ensuring care is tailored appropriately. This includes the development of a Reasonable Adjustment Digital Flag, which will enable the recording of key information about a patient, including if a person is disabled, and their reasonable adjustment needs, to ensure support can be tailored appropriately. Further information on the Reasonable Adjustment Digital Flag is available at the following link:

https://digital.nhs.uk/services/reasonable-adjustment-flag

The Department has not made a specific assessment of NHS England's ability to meet its Public Sector Equality Duty.

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