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Differences in Opportunities for the Disabled in England and Scotland: A Survey of Paraplegics in Scotland

Br Med J 1972; 1 doi: (Published 25 March 1972) Cite this as: Br Med J 1972;1:779
  1. Ralph H. Johnson,
  2. Gillian S. Johnson


    The facilities available to disabled people living in Scotland were studied by visiting and interviewing a group of 50 paraplegics living in Glasgow and the surrounding counties. The degree of unemployment in the group (74%) was far greater than has been reported in other surveys, and no quadriplegic was in remunerative employment. Though the general unemployment level in the area is high services to help the disabled gain employment were only partially utilized.

    Liaison between social workers was not always successful. Some paraplegics were visited at home by both a medical social worker and a local authority social worker, while others were not supported by either. There was no apparent attempt by local authorities to identify the disabled, as is required in England under Section 1 of the Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act, 1970. Several paraplegics lacked facilities which are covered by Section 2 of the Act. The exclusion of Scotland from Sections 1 and 2 of the Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act may widen the differences between the two countries as the Scottish legislation is less specific.