Typical Tories – ill-mannered as ever toward the people they consider “useless eaters”.
Read the following and remember that it could be you the Tories are treating so carelessly:
The family of a disabled man say they have been “completely forgotten about” after they were told to source protective equipment for his NHS-funded carers themselves – despite inflated prices and quality concerns.
Cameron Harrison, 24, has adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD), a genetic illness which means he requires around-the-clock care.
Mr Harrison, who lives in Hitchin with his family, is blind, has limited hearing, is unable to speak, uses a wheelchair and is tube-fed.
Prior to the Covid-19 outbreak, Mr Harrison had three carers who would visit each day, in addition to attending a sensory college run by disability charity Sense during the week and residential care for 60 days a year.
His mother Karen, 50… who works for the Leukodystrophy Charity – which helps families with conditions like her son’s, said only two carers were now able to help and all other support had stopped.
The 24-year-old’s carers are paid for through a personal health budget provided by NHS Continuing Healthcare.
In March, Mrs Harrison contacted the NHS to ask about personal protective equipment (PPE) for the carers.
Mrs Harrison said: “They said you could use your personal health budget to actually pay for the PPE but they weren’t helping at all to source the PPE.
“They said they weren’t delivering and gave me the Government website which kind of explained what PPE was, but it was more for people in care homes or care agencies.”
She added: “I just feel like we’ve been completely forgotten about, we’re a group of people who are just being left to muddle through.
“They’ve sidelined us. Care agencies are big business, care homes are big business and people all know about them, but we’re a little voice.”
I think it is possible to put the situation a different way:
Care agencies get national publicity, care homes get national publicity, but individuals don’t have that kind of voice.
So the Tories can take this opportunity to … nudge … them away from decent healthcare – by depriving them of proper PPE and forcing them to fritter away their care budget on it.
The intention seems clear: to cause hardship; if possible, to create a “positive benefit outcome”.
And you know what that means.
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