Even consulting Paddy Ladd 6 years ago HERE, still failed to provide any impetus to campaigns to enable the deaf and HI in the UK to access an disgraced and now defunct National Health System. I suppose deafhood didn't include real access for all, and was more political recognition of signed culture than legal recognition to access and rights for all, it always operated in a vacuum and secularised. Deaf in UK call it a 'No Health System' since access for them has deteriorated to crisis levels, and no-one now expects support to be there....with such concern being expressed recently via reports from grass roots, it has triggered a resurgence of urgency into campaigns set up by charities and others many years ago, and stagnant about access to the NHS, but did nothing but note the zeroed access ,and publish papers no-one read, and set up on-line petitions no-one cared about, least of all the state..
My MP said "No-one but a fool would assume any petition less than 100,000 supported is anything but a complete waste of time..." "No-one but a fool would assume an Conservative government would act even then..." A primary blockage in the system is deaf people's own intransigence and apathy, by failing to create demand and thus allowing NHS areas to withdraw what was there. It is a part selfishness, part laziness, and part fear of not using own family and relying on the law to provide instead. Castigating them got nowhere, neither did calm explanations of access being withdrawn from them.."
There is a very fatalistic and "What is the point ?" attitude prevailing in the UK. No-one will have any confidence the law can provide, no one realistically thinks the BSL access law has been invoked either, certainly not in educational terms. This has meant very real issues being presented to deaf and HI people with ongoing and serious illness, and the elderly, who cannot refer to family taking up the baton of support. They are suffering serious neglect and NHS abuses.
Recent NHS campaigns also have produced investigations into old campaigns, and how they were run and set up, some have started to challenge the basis of the consultation processes, and make-ups quoted in reports supplied to politicians. It is suggested 60% of ALL reports by steering and other charitable groups could not substantiate actual consultations, or provide meaningful data of who they consulted, others could not be made to prove they had consulted and were quoting all sorts. 'Educated guesses' became 'think of a number and double it, see if they accept that..' Then got out of control as areas decided as they cannot reach deaf and HI in the UK (Them 8.5m are very adept at hiding), then we will ASSUME what they might have supported or not.
Now it is out of control, and politicians have long since seen through the façade. We address it and start using online to reach these deaf, or pack up our campaigning bags, and sell matches on the street corner.... The arrogance of deaf and HI who are having some support is also debilitating as they adopt the approach of who cares, so long as I have it ? Or attack the few still trying to get it for others, like HERE ! (At least identify those campaigners you suggest are moaning' Maybe the Hearing Times can ?