This shows just how devalued the lives of people with disabilities have become.
When it was revealed that black and minority ethnic people were four times more likely than others to die of Covid-19, the government had to commission a report on ways to cut the death toll.
Here we see that working-age disabled women are more than 11 times more likely to die than non-disabled women… and I haven’t seen a word of this in the mainstream media. Have you?
All in all, people with disabilities constitute nearly one-third of all recorded Covid-19 deaths – and again the silence is deafening.
No reports have been commissioned and no measures are being implemented to cut down the fatalities.
And the Office for National Statistics has said its figures are likely to be an underestimate – many more people with disabilities are likely to have died.
If you think it’s because the Tories are quite happy for these people to die, This Writer would have to agree.
Disabled women with limiting disabilities aged under 65 are 11.3 times more likely to die than non-disabled females, disabled men aged under 65 with limiting disabilities are 6.5 times more likely to die, and a third of all lives lost to Coronavirus in the UK have been those of disabled people according to new data released by the ONS.
The data records 10,430 disabled people’s deaths between 2 March and 15 May compared to 33,998 deaths of all people in the same period.
The analysis from 2 March to 15 May compares the deaths with disability statuses recorded in the last census (2011).
The rates of death per 100,000 are four times greater for disabled women of all ages with significant impairments than non-disabled women – 141.1 deaths per 100,000 compared to 35.6 deaths per 100,000.
The figures are nearly three times higher for disabled men with significant impairments – 199.7 deaths per 100,000 compared to 70.2 deaths per 100,000 of non-disabled men.
The charity Disability Rights UK said months ago that disabled people should not become cannon fodder – but that is exactly what has happened.
DR UK’s Head of Policy Fazilet Hadi has described the deaths as a “cull”:
“[The government] prioritised the NHS over social care when they should have had parity. It failed to procure PPE. It consciously reduced and removed our rights to care under the Coronavirus Act.
“It failed to develop a plan that would protect us, instead turning us into fish in a barrel…The government called us vulnerable. The government made us vulnerable.”
If you have a disability, you must not expect your Conservative government to lift a finger to protect you. It will not.
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