This’ll prove that the Tory government has used the Covid-19 crisis to eliminate people with disabilities, then.
The list of people who were defined as “clinically vulnerable” by the government was deliberately written to omit people with many life-inhibiting disabilities.
As a result – well, read it for yourself:
A disabled man starved to death during the coronavirus lockdown because he could not access essential food, an MP said.
Labour MP Bell Ribeiro-Addy said she was aware of a “tragic” report that a man in her constituency of Streatham, south London, had died after being unable to access food essentials.
She asked charities giving evidence to the Women and Equalities Committee what they felt about the Government’s “reluctance” to expand the clinically vulnerable list amid people with disabilities struggling to get food through priority delivery slots.
They said people are still finding it hard to get deliveries, some cannot socially isolate in supermarkets because they are blind, carers are being disbelieved when they say they are shopping for more than one person and customers are being asked to “prove” their disability.
That’s right – the Tories deliberately ensured that people with disabilities would not be able to access food.
This Site’s long-term friend Samuel Miller had it right when he tweeted:
The oversight was that thousands of serious ill & disabled people were excluded from the government's priority list and I'm frantic with worry because some vulnerable people might starve to death. Let's call in the British Red Cross & the army to provide them with food shipments.
— Samuel Miller (@Hephaestus7) May 2, 2020
Anyone who voted for the Tories is complicit in these deaths.
Blood on their hands.
Source: Disabled man ‘starved to death during lockdown’ MP claims – Mirror Online
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I was supposed to be on the clinically vulnerable list but wasn’t. All I was told if you’re not on the list you’re not clinically vulnerable. After much fighting I got on it, after 2 months.
Same here too
Che – Ditto. I have emailed my local supermarket and accused them of discriminating against disabled people and asked them why I should not report their hate crime – after I’d contacted them (as a previous regular customer) for priority delivery access because of my disabilities and vulnerability and got the “Computer says No!” deflection – then I was contacted by my LA to tell me I WAS vulnerable being elderly with several chronic comorbidities – after the govt form I had used to apply had rejected me (I wasn’t receiving cancer treatment and had had no recent transplants so I wasn’t eligible!!) yet had kept my contact details and then followed up weeks later.
After first replying to tell me what wonderful supermarket fellows they all are – I replied with a link to the Welfare Weekly story that reported disabled women were 11 times and disabled men 6.5 times more likely to die from the virus – and so I asked how many of those who had died were their own customers who had tried to order food? re:
I went in to self-isolation early and run out of food quite quickly and didn’t appreciate the risk of having to venture out to buy food at the local minimarket when I had none left! The govt had told me to hunker down but then had left me no way to do so! ‘Very scary feeling at the time!
Now no reply from the supermarket after I asked them for any reason why I should not report them – so I guess I will! Unfortunately, I do not believe the hate crime laws under the 2010 Equalities Act are appropriate (ex: no evidence needed!) but it’s all we disabled people have to fight back against the widespread invisible discrimination against us.