To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of British Sign Language (BSL) interpretations services for deaf people accessing health services since funding was withdrawn for the BSL Health Access app on 1 April 2021.
This answer is the replacement for a previous holding answer.
20 April 2021
NHS England and Improvement have commissioned a rapid review into access to British Sign Language (BSL) interpretation in NHS services which is near completion.
The BSL Health Access App was established independently of the National Health Service by SignHealth in April 2020, as part of the charity’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. It provided additional access to BSL interpretation, in addition to services already provided by the NHS. NHS England and NHS Improvement have extended access to BSL interpretation of their 111 service via Interpreter Now.