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Hearing Impairment: Coronavirus

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 42189, tabled on 30 April 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has made an assessment of the implications of the use of Personal Protective Equipment for people with hearing loss who rely on lip reading during the during-19 outbreak.

This answer is the replacement for a previous holding answer.

Answered on

20 May 2020

We recognise concerns about the use of personal protective equipment (PPE), particularly face masks when it comes to people who lip read. Our priority remains saving lives, including those frontline staff who need to wear PPE as they go about their vital work.

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