Back at the end of March, This Writer warned that the Tories might ban people with certain disabilities from treatment.
The list included people with Down Syndrome, cerebral palsy, autism or any of the other reasons for receiving Personal Independence Payment, and the fear was that the Tory government would follow some US states that were denying ventilators to people with those conditions.
It turns out to be worse than that – people with disabilities are being denied food because they’re not on an extremely limited list of the ‘most vulnerable people’.
According to The Guardian:
Disabled people are being left without food after being missed off the government’s list of those vulnerable to coronavirus.
The government set up an online register billed as a way to reach “extremely vulnerable” households in England who have been told to shield for 12 weeks – either offering them food parcels via their local authority or liaising with major supermarkets to give priority for online delivery.
But it has emerged that large numbers of disabled and older people are being excluded from the scheme due to the highly selective criteria.
Among those who have been rejected are people with cancer being treated with chemotherapy, heart disease, tetraplegia, motor neurone disease (MND), myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) and muscular dystrophy.
These people have been starving to death – they can’t go out, you see – and the paper noted that one had contracted the virus.
So by making its list of vulnerable people too restrictive, the Tories have ensured that people who deserve protection are catching the virus.
Are they still improbably claiming that they care about disabled people and aren’t trying to drive them to their deaths?