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Disability health centres slammed for ‘putting safety at risk’

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Disabled people are risking their safety when attending health centres for assessment in Wales due to their poor locations, a woman has said.

Amy Watkins, 31, from Cwmbran, Torfaen, uses a wheelchair and told the BBC the sites of some centres were “hard to believe”.

The BBC report detailed how campaigners said some disabled people have missed out on thousands of pounds worth of benefits due to the issue.

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The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) said people can request a home visit or recover transport costs.

The Disability Advice Project campaign group also criticised the location of centres in Pontypridd, Bridgend, Cardiff and Swansea, and also has concerns across the rest of Wales.

It described how disabled people may have missed out on benefits as it is “virtually impossible” for some people to access the health centres.

At the Pontypridd centre, the group said the closest car park to the health assessment centre had no pedestrian access and routes in and out of the building were too steep for wheelchair users or people with impaired mobility.

The BBC report went on to detail how some of the routes to assessment centres also open out on to main roads with no protective barriers, as well as having poor signage, uncontrolled road crossings and a lack of dropped kerbs.

Yesterday, Airports were slammed for their lack of accessibility.

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