14 Feb 2012

Petition: Save BSL Interpreter Service for Glos Deaf

Deaf people in Gloucestershire are petitioning NHS Gloucestershire for a return to a local BSL interpreter service for doctors appointments. Please support them and Gloucestershire Deaf Association (GDA):
Last September NHS Gloucestershire moved to consolidate its PCT interpreting and translating services to a single company outside of the county.  For the first time in years, Deaf people in Gloucestershire are no longer able to pop along to GDA and organise their own communication support for GP appointments. NHS Gloucestershire says it is keen to promote 'Advancing Equality in the NHS in Gloucestershire' for vulnerable and hard to reach groups, and about a more people-centred approach to health. However this move looks set to make it more difficult. Please consider supporting the petition.

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