Bearing in mind that two-thirds of all the people who died of Covid-19 had disabilities, I reckon they know what they’re talking about when they say Boris Johnson’s latest plan puts them in danger.
But then, killing people with disabilities was the plan, wasn’t it?
So shielding – where people with serious illnesses or disabilities are given extra help to stay isolated from the rest of the population – is going to end on August 1, meaning many more of these people may be exposed to the virus.
And with their illnesses, exposure may be fatal.
Scope’s James Taylor explains it in the BBC news piece:
“Millions of disabled people at greater risk of coronavirus feel their fears are not being taken into account.
“Disabled people must be able to have flexibility about returning to their workplace.”
He criticised the government’s advice that decisions about going back to workplaces should be made my employers, saying it will “create inconsistency”.
He added that it also “does little to reassure those disabled people who fear being forced to choose between protecting their health and paying the bills”.
A Scope survey of 1,115 people with a disability or other health condition found half of those that responded feel anxious about shielding being paused.
Of those surveyed, 67 per cent think the government’s plans for easing lockdown did not take their needs into consideration, while 59 per cent said they are concerned about feeling forgotten by the government.
Moreover, 41 per cent think life will be worse for disabled people after the pandemic.
That’s if they survive the pandemic, of course!
It seems – despite a few mealy-mouthed words of comfort, the Tory government is still trying to eliminate the so-called “useless eaters”.