Government to widen remit of act

    More people diagnosed with HIV, cancer and multiple sclerosis
    will be covered by the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 under new
    plans announced by the government.

    The changes to the bill will mean that HIV, cancer and multiple
    sclerosis will be covered by the Act from the point of
    diagnosis.

    Further measures will also remove the requirement for mental
    illnesses to be “clinically well recognised” in order to be covered
    by the Act .

    The government said the legislation could be in force by
    2006.

    – Government response available from www.disability.gov.uk

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