jimfitzpatrickmpThe All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Deafness, chaired by Jim Fitzpatrick MP, has secured a 90 minute debate on deafness and hearing loss in Westminster Hall at 3pm on Thursday 30 June.

The motion for the debate is “that this House has considered the NHS England Action Plan on Hearing Loss and the new adult hearing service commissioning framework”. The framework is due to be published soon.

The debate will also be an opportunity to discuss issues of deafness and hearing loss in general, such as support into education and employment, and access for sign language users. For example, the Life Chances Strategy launched by the Prime Minister in January 2016 talked about the importance of support for families, education, and health and social care in supporting self reliance. Deaf people still face many barriers to accessing these services.

Jim Edwards, chair of the UK Council on Deafness, which supports the APPG, said: “The UK Council on Deafness is delighted MPs have the opportunity to debate deafness and hearing loss. The launch of the NHS England adult hearing service commissioning framework is an important milestone.

“But there are many other issues facing people who are deaf or have a hearing loss, such as support into education and employment, and linguistic access for BSL users. These are things our members have been working on together successfully, securing significant change to the Access to Work scheme for example.

“We therefore look forward to the debate, and encourage our members to talk to the MPs they know to make sure there’s a good turn out.”