Deaf and blind patients get new NHS health care rules

Guidelines are being introduced to make sure people in Wales who are deaf or blind are not at a disadvantage when they need healthcare.

It comes after BBC Wales revealed in February health boards were breaching equality laws.

Health Minister Mark Drakeford said the changes would “help to address the barriers people with sensory loss face” with as many as 600,000 affected.

But there are calls to ensure patients are aware of their rights.

Around 500,000 people in Wales have hearing loss – a figure which is expected to rise to 725,000 in 18 years.


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