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Archive for April, 2014

24 AprFulfilling Potential Forum

The Fulfilling Potential Forum meet on a quarterly basis.

Action on Hearing Loss (Paul Breckell), British Deaf Association (David Buxton) and Sense (Richard Kramer) are three of the 41 members that have been invited to participate by the Department for Work and Pensions.

The notes from the meeting that took place on 3rd April are now available:

Fullfilling Potential – 3rd April Meeting (pdf)

14 AprAll-Party Parliamentary Group on Deafness

The APPG on Deafness Annual General Meeting took place on 1st April 2014.

Minutes of the AGM 2014 (pdf)

Stephen Lloyd MP was elected as Chair of the group.

SL Picture

The vice-chairs are:

Rosie Cooper MP
Baroness Wilkins
Stephen Phillips MP
Sir Malcolm Bruce MP
Sir Peter Bottomley MP
Dr Eilidh Whiteford MP

07 AprChief Medical Officer Annual Report Published

In this report, the Chief Medical Officer, Prof Dame Sally Davies, looks at some of the big issues she identified in her last surveillance report.  She has invited experts to examine these issues in detail and explore them further.

One of the highlights of the report is:

  • There is very little good, national data on blindness and deafness, but it is important to have this because so many people are affected, and often live for many years with these conditions.

Of particular interest is Chapter 4, Sensory Impairment, which can be found on page 47 of the Report.  In this Chapter the author, Professor Adrian Davis, has looked at GP patient survey data to find out more about deafness and blindness.

Chief Medical Officer Report (pdf)


04 AprHouse of Lords debates health of deaf people

On 31st March the House of Lords held a short debate on the health of deaf people.  The question was raised by Lord Ponsonby of Shullbrede who attended the launch of the ‘Sick of It’  Report on 25th March.

House of Lords debate  (Please go to Section 820 in the report)

Sick of It Report  (English and BSL versions available)