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Equality Act 2010

In November 2010 MS-CCSVI-UK wrote to the Equality and Human Rights Commission:

We represent MS-CCSVI-UK, a patient pressure group concerned with promoting awareness of a treatment (angioplasty) for a vascular condition known as Chronic Cerebro-Spinal Venous Insufficiency.

Although angioplasty has been performed routinely for decades in many other conditions, people labelled with an MS diagnosis are denied this. More than 10,000 have already travelled abroad to have this simple procedure done with some astounding improvements. It is our conviction that the treatment which is of extremely low risk could greatly improve the quality of life of the people affected and we believe there is a strong case for legal action to deliver the same intervention that is carried out safely every day on other people.

Please could you advise us on how best to proceed and if possible direct us to appropriate legal assistance.

This is the reply we got from EHRC, the full text is availabe here:

The Act says that there are three forms of discrimination against a disabled person.

*Less Favourable Treatment*Reasonable Adjustments*Victimisation

Less favourable treatment occurs when an individual is treated less favourably for a reason relating to their disability. This is compared to how the service provider would treat (or is prepared to treat) another individual to which those reason do not apply, i.e. a person without a disability.

Less favourable treatment occurs when a service provider offers a lower standard of service, worse terms of service or refuses a service to a disabled individual.