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Welfare Reform on the Web (February 2012): Services for the disabled - UK

Disability and employment in the Equality Act 2010: opportunities seized, lost and generated

A. Lawson

Industrial Law Journal, vol. 40, 2011, p. 359-383

This article provides a critique of the Equality Act's treatment of disability in the employment context. It identifies opportunities to enhance disability equality that were seized as well as those which were missed. Where relevant, these are held up for scrutiny through the lens of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, by which the UK is now bound. Two respects in which the Equality Act may fall short of the Convention's demands are identified. These are: 1) the failure to reform the definition of disability by abandoning the requirement that an impairment has to have substantial and long-term effects; and 2) the failure to enhance and embed the involvement of disabled people in the equality planning processes of public sector bodies.

NHS accused over disabled patient deaths

A. Bawden and D. Campbell

The Guardian, Jan. 3rd 2012, p. 1, 12-13

The NHS was accused of causing or contributing to the deaths of at least 74 patients with a learning disability because of poor care that revealed enduring 'institutional discrimination' among doctors and nurses. The 74 vulnerable patients' deaths over the past decade were either caused or complicated by mistakes in hospitals and decisions by staff who failed to treat them properly and displayed ignorance or indifference to their plight, according to the charity Mencap and families of some of those who died.

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