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Inaccessible health clinic leaves Mik in despair


Reported by Mik

Published on Thursday, April 21st, 2022

Community Areas Equality Health healthcare access
Reports

Inaccessible health clinic leaves Mik in despair


Written by Mik

Published on Thursday, April 21st, 2022

Community Areas

Equality

Health

healthcare access

man holding back

In this audio, Mik describes his nightmarish trip to a private outsourced MRI clinic. The clinic was an hour’s drive from Mik’s home and when he finally got there he found reception was on the second floor and his wheelchair didn’t fit into the corridor leading to the lift, which, in any case, wasn’t working! He had to turn around and drive straight back home again. Mik had called up the clinic in advance and left a message asking if it was accessible, but no one had got back to him.

man with head in hands in a wheelchair
Some privately outsourced medical clinics are not accessible, leaving people like Mik in a state of despair.

Mik believes many of the private clinics the NHS now uses for MRI scans are not set up to assist people, who, like him, have access needs and complicated health histories. This, says Mik, is not only difficult and annoying, but it is illegal.

Mik trains public and private organisations in the use of Public Sector Equality Duty practices. This Duty says that no public body can use any service that furthers exclusion or discrimination against anyone who has any of the nine protected characteristics, one of which is Disability.

Hiring a venue that isn’t accessible is like hiring a venue that says ‘no Gays’, says Mik.

In the case of Mik’s MRI clinic, both the clinic itself and the NHS are in breach of the Public Sector Equality Duty.

 

Click below to hear an audio of Mik’s frustrating health care experience.

Written by Mik


Best known as an award winning broadcaster, journalist and inclusive design expert, Mik Scarlet has lived in Camden for 20 years. Prior to moving here, he frequented the town thanks to it’s clubs and gig venues. He even met his wife Diane, who was born in Camden, at the Electric Ballroom. Mik is a full time wheelchair user, and is passionate about building an inclusive and accessible Camden for future generations.

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