Lancashire Man To Sue Hospital For Discrimination

A Blind Lancashire man is taking a hospital trust to court because they keep sending him letters he cannot read.

Michael Tupper, 72, has been left ‘angered’ after East Lancashire Hospital NHS Trust of Discrimination have sent him 14 letters within the last year he cannot read.

The pensioner suffers from such severe sight loss that he can only read large print documents with a magnifying glass.

Despite persistent complaints about the letter, the trust continue to send him letters are unsuitable.

According to Mr Tupper, he has been unable to read important appointment details and confidential health information, having to get a neighbour to read the letters for him.

The trust has admitted making some administration errors.

Mr Tupper was part of the trust’s pilot scheme to ensure people with sight problems can read letters and information.

Mr Tupper said: “I tell staff at the hospitals again and again that I need large print, and I know it’s recorded on my file, but they keep sending me small print that I can’t read.

“It’s been going on for years.

“I’ve had enough of asking and asking with no change.”

Mr Tupper is now seeking legal action with the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB).

According to the RNIB, all hospitals should adhere to the Equality Act 2010 which ensures individuals with sight impairments get information easily readable.

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