Northern Devon Healthcare Trust has launched a consultation to try and ascertain people’s views on the facilities and services which it provides across its hospitals and services, for disabled people. Between February 19 and 27 March, the Trust would like as many people as possible to complete its questionnaire.
For disabled people living in the North Devon and Torridge areas, trying to live their lives to the full can be difficult. A new law, the Disability Discrimination Act 2005 (DDA), has been introduced to help make services accessible and ensure disabled people are treated fairly.
Maureen Bignell, Director of Organisational Development says:
” This isn’t just about making changes to buildings or special adjustments for individuals. It’s about including disabled people in everything we do. So if a service is to change, the Trust will need to involve disabled people in the planning discussions, to find out if the new proposals will meet their needs”.
To comply with national legislation, when offering services, Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust must:
- Make sure there is the same level of service for everybody
- Remove discrimination towards disabled people
- Prevent harassment of people for any reason
- Promote positive attitudes towards disabled people
- Encourage people to take part in our patient forums
- Take steps to meet everyone’s needs.
” The Trust are currently working on a Disability Equality Scheme (DES), which we hope will raise awareness and stimulate discussion of the issues. We are very keen to hear the public’s views about our DES and welcome all comments. “