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24 MarSupport for NHS England accessible information standard

NHS England has published a report on the consultation process for its accessible information standard.

The report shows wide agreement on the need for the standard and support for its aims and vision. The responses and feedback will inform the final version of the standard, which is due to be published in June 2015.

Jim Edwards, chair of the UK Council on Deafness, said: “We’re glad to see there was a lot of support for the draft standard. Whilst it needs strengthening, it is an excellent basis for an information standard that will make a real difference to deaf people accessing health and social care.

“We are also very encouraged by the way the NHS England has engaged with the deaf community. By listening to and working with individuals and organisations from the beginning, they have avoided many of the problems public services often encounter.

“We look forward to working with NHS England to finalise the standard.”