Deaf health pleas unheard – report launch

08 June 2015

Deaf people[2] are more likely to suffer ill health than the hearing population, as it’s more difficult for them to visit their local GP or hospital. Andrew Boff AM, Deputy Chair of the London Assembly Health Committee, will launch the report: ‘Access to health services for deaf people’ on Tuesday, 9 June, where he will discuss key findings and final recommendations. He will be joined by Paul Redfern, Business Development Manager, British Deaf Association and Dr Roger Wicks, Director of Policy and Campaigns, Action on Hearing Loss. Deaf people, who have difficulties accessing the health service, will also be in attendance – all will be available for interview. Location: Committee Room 5, City Hall, The Queen’s Walk, More London, SE1 2AA Date and Time: Tuesday 9 June, 3:00-4:30pm Closest tube station: London Bridge Media are invited to attend. Notes for Editors:

Embargoed press release with the report attached to follow.

The term ‘deaf people’ is used to refer to the deaf population as a whole, including those with mild, through to severe hearing loss and profoundly deaf individuals (including those who would describe themselves as culturally Deaf and whose first language is BSL).

Andrew Boff AM, Deputy Chair of the Health Committee is available for interview, along with other attendees at the report launch. See contact details below.

London Assembly Health Committee.

As well as investigating issues that matter to Londoners, the London Assembly acts as a check and a balance on the Mayor.

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