To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will take steps to ensure that hearing loss is (a) referenced in the Equalities Impact Assessment accompanying the Health and Care Bill and (b) recognised as a disability within this Assessment.
This answer is the replacement for a previous holding answer.
7 March 2022
An equalities impact assessment of the Health and Care Bill’s provisions was undertaken prior to its introduction. The assessment considers the impact on those with protected characteristics, including those with a disability. This assessment is ongoing and is being updated during the passage of the Bill. The analysis forms part of the Public Sector Equality Duty in relation to underlying policy. At the time of planned implementation, the impacts on certain groups of people and those with disabilities can be considered.