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Is high blood pressure a qualifying disability under the Equality Act 2010?

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Published on LexisPSL on 17/07/2017

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  • Is high blood pressure a qualifying disability under the Equality Act 2010?

Is high blood pressure a qualifying disability under the Equality Act 2010?

High blood pressure is also known as ‘hypertension’ (see NHS choices: High blood pressure (hypertension)).

A person with hypertension is not deemed to be disabled under paragraph 6, Part 1 of Schedule 1 to the Equality Act 2010 (EqA 2010) or the Equality Act 2010 (Disability) Regulations 2010, SI 2010/2128 and whether or not such a person has a disability will therefore be determined in accordance with the definition in EqA 2010, s 6(1), ie whether there is a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on his or her ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.

For further information, see Practice Note: Disability, in particular the sections headed Disability—Definition of disability and Disability—Persons deemed disabled.

You may also find useful the Equality Act 2010 guidance 2011.

Hypertension was considered in the following cases:

  1. University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust v Thorbourne, in which it was accepted by the parties that the claimant suffered from the physical impairment of

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