Look how coronavirus has changed Tory persecution of people with disabilities

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?

Source: Disabled people left off coronavirus vulnerable list go without food | Society | The Guardian

7 thoughts on “Look how coronavirus has changed Tory persecution of people with disabilities

    1. disabledgrandad

      Oap’s get ruffly double the money with pension credits and various types of addons than a person on UC or all but the Top level of disabled benefits. I wish I could survive on a pension.

  1. Jeffrey Davies

    Myself dementia and a few other nastys but wife cannot mix has of her illnesses but people coming to help where it’s how many weeks into just left to get on with it better put Sharpie on I likes that bit were a soldier is looking after the sick dying squardies below in the basement were he offers brandy has the only medicine were he said dye quickly dye quietly it seems we acting the part

  2. Jenny Hambidge

    People with MS not on the list . Official list is mainly people who have had cancer treatment or undergoing it. People with Cystic fibrosis (also undergoing hospital care) people who have had transplants , but effectively NOT people with Chronic diseases or conditions.

  3. john thatcher

    This is just horrific.The Nazis practised on the disabled,before moving on to their main targets of the Jews,and the other “undesirables”.

  4. John Rapson

    Martin Niemöller nailed it.
    “” First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a socialist.
    Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out— because I was not a trade unionist.
    Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—because I was not a Jew.
    Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.”

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