Poor Treatment for Those Shielding
Last week some people shielding received text messages saying that they were no longer on the medically vulnerable list. People were understandably shocked and confused. The advice is to contact your GP or specialist before acting on the text.
The Prime Minister spoke on 28 May of the need for people to continue shielding and promised more information soon. A group of charities has written to government saying that people shielding need more guidance and additional help and support, as lockdown eases.
Read the Guardian article.
Read the letter written to government.
Unacceptability of Do Not Attempt Resuscitation (DNAR) Notices Re-Confirmed
Following the publication of a statement underlining the requirement to always take the views and preferences of people into account when determining health care, the NHS has again confirmed that blanket Do Not Attempt Resuscitation Notices are totally unacceptable.
Read the statement.
Read the full Independent Article.
Councils Return to Care Act Rights
After Middlesbrough went back to Care Act rights last month, Birmingham, Staffordshire and Sunderland have now joined them. This leaves Solihull, Derbyshire, Coventry and Warwickshire implementing easements.
Read more from Community Care.
Breakthrough for BSL at Government Broadcasts
After weeks of inaction, the government has agreed to expand the provision of BSL at the government daily briefing, to all broadcasts. It has also designated a lead officer to be responsible for accessible information during the crisis.
Read the statement from Action on Hearing Loss.
Parliament Re-Opening Ignores Needs of Disabled and Older MPs
Plans to stop MPs being able to connect digitally with parliament will prevent the participation of disabled and older MPs. The Speaker has now also received guidance from Public Health England that voting in the traditional way will not meet social distancing guidance.
Read the full article.
Lockdown Rules Broken
Millions of people feel betrayed by government, as the breaking of lock down regulations are condoned. Many disabled people who have been hit hard by the crisis feel badly let down.
Read our full statement.
Guidance for the Opening of Shops
The government has produced guidance for the opening of shops. Car showrooms and outdoor markets can open from 1 June and other shops from 15 June. The guidance acknowledges that some people will need assistance to shop. Also, retailers are asked to consider reasonable adjustments for people who struggle with changes to entries, exits and queuing arrangements. They are also asked to explain the guidance to groups that might need additional support e.g. visually impaired people.
Read the government guidance.
Supermarkets Fail Their Disabled Customers
Despite some great work from supermarkets during the crisis, progress is painfully slow on meeting the needs of their disabled customers, particularly in relation to shopping in-store. Last Friday an open letter asking supermarkets to take action was published for individuals and organisations to sign.
Read more on our website.
Flexibility Sought for Disabled Employees
The National Association of Disabled Staff Networks has asked that Universities take into account the needs of disabled colleagues when they draw up plans to re-open. They ask for maximum flexibility regarding working practices and ask that those colleagues, who need to remain working from home, don’t experience any detriment
Read the press release.
Equality Advisory Support Service (EASS)
The Equality Advisory Support Service, which advises and assists individuals on issues relating to equality and human rights, have released their monthly newsletter.
View the May edition of the EASS newsletter.
Should you require an accessible word version use the link below: EASS May 2020 Word.
Co-producing physical activity during the Covid-19 Outbreak resource
The Covid-19 crisis is increasing the marginalisation experienced by disabled people, and it is more important than ever that organisations are making efforts to hear what disabled people have to say when it comes to improving our health and wellbeing through being active and moving more. Involving us in shaping the design and delivery of services as we enter the ‘new normal’, will ensure that we can all come out of this crisis stronger together. Through Get Yourself Active, DR UK is here to help you think through some of the ways you can work with and for disabled people during this time.
Read our new resource here.
Fears for Youth Unemployment
A number of research and policy groups have highlighted the negative consequences of the crisis for young people seeking work. This problem is likely to be magnified for young disabled people. A cross agency group has produced a report setting out recommendations for government.
Read the research on the Youth Employment UK website.