COMMUNICATIONS NEWS: Leonard Cheshire report highlights NHS discrimination

Leonard Cheshire has published a report this week accusing 90 per cent of primary care trusts of discriminating against people with disabilities.

The report, Fair Treatment, which aims to add impetus to the charity's campaign for compulsory disability equality training, says the vast majority of trusts are in breach of the Disability Discrimination Act.

It states that while 90 per cent of trusts claim to include disabled access in their policies, the experience of people with disabilities in hospitals suggests they are failing to address their mobility needs. Many cite staff attitudes as a barrier when using doctors, dentists, opticians and hospitals.

Labour MP David Hinchliffe launched the report at the House of Commons on Monday.

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