Letters: Survey gives deaf people their chance to be heard

I was interested to read the article on your website about patients having an opportunity to comment on their practices and particularly the views of GPC deputy chairman Dr Richard Vautrey (Healthcare Republic, 30 December).

He lamented that the practicebased patient survey had disappeared, but failed to mention that it has been replaced by the GP patient survey, which this coming year will take the views of 5.5 million people in England.

As a charity focused on the healthcare of deaf people, we are delighted that the survey will for the first time give deaf sign language users the opportunity to express their views, by completing the online BSL version of the questionnaire. This was not possible with the old survey.

Steve Powell, chief executive, SignHealth, Buckinghamshire.

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