Most NHS services look set to miss Sunday's deadline for introducing a new Standard that could save the lives of deaf people.
Deaf Charities says it is concerned that services have not done more to meet the deadline. From Sunday, deaf people should have better access to health services. This includes sign language interpreters being provided and patients communicating with services online and via SMS.
Many deaf people are currently forced to walk to their GP surgery to make an appointment because they cannot use the telephone. When they do get to see a doctor they are often told no interpreter can be provided. They then have to struggle by passing written notes or trying to lip-read.