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CRPD concluding observations 2017, paragraph 55

UN recommendation

Plain English recommendation

Government should:

Work with disabled people’s organisations to:

(a) Develop a fully-funded action plan to improve disabled people’s access to health care and services, and monitor its progress.

(b) Set up clear rules for medical services that respect disabled people’s right to privacy in information about health.

(c) Ensure disabled people have equal access to sexual and reproductive healthcare services. Provide information on family planning in accessible formats.

(d) Ensure medical professionals are obliged to follow guidance and rules on ‘do not resuscitate’ orders for disabled people on an equal basis with others.

(e) Tackle the high suicide rate among disabled people, especially people with learning disabilities and mental health conditions.


Original UN recommendation

The Committee recommends that the State party, in close collaboration with representative organizations of persons with disabilities:

(a) Develop a targeted, measurable and financed plan of action aiming at eliminating barriers in access to health care and services, and monitor and measure its progress, especially in relation to persons with intellectual and/or psychosocial disabilities and those with neurological and cognitive conditions.

(b) Set up protocols for medical services that respect the right of persons with disabilities to privacy in information about health.

(c) Ensure equal access to sexual and reproductive health-care services, as set out in target 3.7 of the Sustainable Development Goals, and provide information and education on family planning for persons with disabilities in accessible formats, including Easy Read.

(d) Ensure that medical professionals are under the obligation to enforce standards set in guidance and criteria on “do not resuscitate” orders for persons with disabilities on an equal basis with others.

(e) Address the high suicide rate among persons with disabilities, especially persons with intellectual and/or psychosocial disabilities.

Date of UN examination

03/10/2017

UN article number

25 (health)

Last updated on 08/10/2019