Responding to a report in BMJ Open on the difficulties disabled people in the UK have in accessing healthcare, Margaret Willcox, President of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS), said:

“ADASS acknowledges this research which highlights the inequalities affecting people with disabilities and recognises the findings in this paper. In particular we share concerns related to the exacerbation of healthcare need due to compounding factors such as limited access to employment and the impact of poverty experienced by many people who have a disability.

“Whilst improvement in areas such as access to transport and buildings are important, ADASS supports the view that well trained and disability aware staff across the breadth of services can make a significant and positive difference to health care access.

“ADASS supports models of education where people who have disabilities can provide face to face training to people working in services. This helps people providing appointment booking, diagnosis, investigation and treatment to understand the unique needs that each person may have in our care system, and make the required adjustments to practice that can make a fundamental difference to individuals.”

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Notes to editors

The full BMJ Open report can be read here: http://press.psprings.co.uk/Open/september/bmjopen016614.pdf