This week, the APPG for Young Disabled People wrote to the Health Minister asking for a meeting about the lack of hoists in GP surgeries. This letter officially marks the start of our new campaign on disabled women’s access to healthcare.*
At Trailblazers, we’ve heard many worrying stories of disabled women missing out on vital screenings due to lack of hoists or poor general access. But, additionally, disabled women come across preconceptions and stereotypes around disability and sexuality potentially putting them at risk. We’re keen to work with relevant decision-makers to influence change.
Our letter was sent to Health Minister, Stephen Hammond MP, and explained the barriers disabled women are facing when trying to access healthcare. The letter also referenced the fantastic petition by Trailblazer Fiona Anderson who is calling for accessible cervical screenings. The petition now has almost 85,000 signatures showing just how important this issue is to so many people. You can find Fiona’s petition here.
We’ll now be working to meet decision-makers from the senior level to local NHS STPs. In addition, we will also be gathering our own research on the topic to identify just how big this problem is.
You can read the letter we sent to the Health Minister here.
Note*: Woman is defined in this campaign as anyone who self identifies as a woman and/or have needs associated with cervical/uninary health.
Trailblazers has now moved to pan-disability charity Whizz-Kidz (September 2020).