Creating a fairer Britain
Press release: 23 November 2009
The Equality and Human Rights Commission has entered into an agreement with the Priory Group to improve access to its services and facilities for disabled service users. The agreement follows on from recognised physical access issues for wheelchair users at Woodbourne Priory in 2006 and 2007.
The Priory has taken this as an opportunity to evaluate its facilities and services as they relate to disabled service users in order to produce a companywide disability strategy based on the findings of the evaluation.
It is envisaged that any initiatives the Priory Group undertakes as a result of its findings will serve as best practice to other providers of acute healthcare services.
The Priory Group has demonstrated a keen interest to work with the Commission to tackle issues relating to disability discrimination and also to develop a better understanding of the issues facing disabled service users generally.
Both the Commission and the Priory Group wish to build a positive, collaborative relationship to maintain that partnership throughout the implementation of this agreement.
For more information contact the Equality and Human Rights Commission Media Office on 02031170255, out of hours 07767272818.
Under s.23 of the Equality Act 2006, the Commission can enter into a formal agreement with a person or organisation who it believes has committed an unlawful act. As part of that agreement, the person agrees not to commit a specified unlawful act or agrees to take certain action. This action can involve putting in place an action plan. Entering into such a plan is not taken as an admission that there has been an unlawful act.
Once the agreement and action plan is in place the Commission will keep in contact and require the organisation to report regularly on progress.
The Commission is a statutory body established under the Equality Act 2006, which took over the responsibilities of Commission for Racial Equality, Disability Rights Commission and Equal Opportunities Commission. It is the independent advocate for equality and human rights in Britain. It aims to reduce inequality, eliminate discrimination, strengthen good relations between people, and promote and protect human rights. The Commission enforces equality legislation on age, disability, gender, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation or transgender status, and encourage compliance with the Human Rights Act. It also gives advice and guidance to businesses, the voluntary and public sectors, and to individuals.