Following the announcement by Matt Hancock, MP at 5 pm on Friday 5th June, that all hospital staff will be required to wear Type 1 or 2 surgical masks at all times and that all hospital visitors and outpatients will need to wear face coverings, BAA Board have written letters to RT Hon Matt Hancock, Sir Simon Stevens, Chief Executive of the National Health Service, and Professor Dame Sue Hill, Chief Scientific Officer.
Whilst the British Academy of Audiology supports the use of face masks to reduce the spread of Coronavirus, we are concerned that this will create a significant disadvantage to the 1 in 6 of the UK population who are Deaf or have hearing loss and rely on lip-reading and facial expressions to communicate. The BAA call for urgent action on several issues:
BAA Board encourages all members to write to their Members of Parliament. A template letter has been written for you to use (or to crib as you see fit). Information on how to find and address your MP can be found here.
BAA members in Northern Ireland, Scotland or Wales, may wish to consider sending this template letter to their representative.
Please share any replies you receive with BAA, either on social media, or email them to email@example.com