Deaf disgrace

MARK Drakeford this week launched new guidelines to facilitate deaf and HI patients access to Wales NHS, some would say better late than never, but they would be hearing patients not deaf ones. What he then said in less than small print was any access for a deaf patient was subject to the “reasonable” clause of the guidelines, based on a seven year out of date report, in effect any NHS trust in Wales can now say we refuse to offer a patient with hearing loss access to a doctor, a clinic, or, to a hospital for treatment, as that is an unreasonable request. I understand a deaf group is taking legal advice on the grounds the Welsh Assembly was openly violating three major access and equality, as well as human rights laws. Deaf object to the word “guideline” being inserted to block a legal right, in fact access is written into the NHS charter, unconditionally. Given the NHS in Wales is only operating via agency workers and freelance locums from Europe anyway, Mr Drakeford has no legal power to make them provide access, it’s an utter discriminatory shambles, we are waiting for the deaf to die before they will act. Mervyn James Kensington Grove Newport

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1:56pm Tue 10 Dec 13

GardenVarietyMushroom says...

What you should do is tell them you want facilities for deaf people - but in Welsh...
What you should do is tell them you want facilities for deaf people - but in Welsh... GardenVarietyMushroom

3:55pm Wed 11 Dec 13

whatintheworld says...

congrats on your on-going fight for deaf rights mervyn!

did anyone ever get back to you about accessing closed captions for debates? - i think it was your letter anyway
congrats on your on-going fight for deaf rights mervyn! did anyone ever get back to you about accessing closed captions for debates? - i think it was your letter anyway whatintheworld

5:52pm Wed 11 Dec 13

Mervyn James says...

The campaign/petition for captioned access is still ongoing until Mid January 2014. It is at preent ONLY to the Senedd TV area (In house screening), as the BBC and Ofcom have refused outright to make 'Parliament TV' accessible for us. I did suggest the Assembly block the BBC from televising assembly proceedings on those grounds, but they all opposed me. I found out later the Assembly got a fee from the BBC for it, and was angry that fee endorsed in effect no access for me. In short by doing that theyweer happy toexkucde the deaf so long as theygot their money, and it seems Ofcom want 9 times the entire deaf popualtion of wales to watch Parliament TV first. The kicker, is that unless access is FIRST we cannot thus BE viewers, its a close out.
The campaign/petition for captioned access is still ongoing until Mid January 2014. It is at preent ONLY to the Senedd TV area (In house screening), as the BBC and Ofcom have refused outright to make 'Parliament TV' accessible for us. I did suggest the Assembly block the BBC from televising assembly proceedings on those grounds, but they all opposed me. I found out later the Assembly got a fee from the BBC for it, and was angry that fee endorsed in effect no access for me. In short by doing that theyweer happy toexkucde the deaf so long as theygot their money, and it seems Ofcom want 9 times the entire deaf popualtion of wales to watch Parliament TV first. The kicker, is that unless access is FIRST we cannot thus BE viewers, its a close out. Mervyn James

7:48pm Thu 12 Dec 13

Mervyn James says...

We appear to be having success at the Assembly, with them now putting bi-lingual subtitling of proceedings on youtube, thanks to the welsh Assembly for listening...
We appear to be having success at the Assembly, with them now putting bi-lingual subtitling of proceedings on youtube, thanks to the welsh Assembly for listening... Mervyn James

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