Coronavirus Bill could drive disabled people into crisis
We have significant concerns about the Coronavirus Bill currently going through Parliament. While we recognise the efforts to maintain critical services during the Covid-19 pandemic, we are concerned that aspects of the bill removing duties under the Care Act could in fact drive disabled people into crisis and increase pressure on frontline NHS services.
Children and adults with DMD are likely to be significantly affected as the bill provides powers to reduce existing social care packages and suspend new care assessments and transition for children with DMD.
We urge the Government to urgently consult with disabled people’s organisations and charities to ensure the measures they have planned are proportionate and effective, and do not put disabled people’s health and well-being at risk. It is critical that alternative solutions are considered and review periods built into the Bill to ensure that it does not worsen existing pressures.
This bill is due to be debated in Parliament next week meaning there is little time to address this issue.
We have prepared template letters that you can send to your MP to help highlight the issue and ensure that disabled people’s health and well-being are not put at risk.
There are three template letters, one for parents of children with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), one for adults with DMD and one for other disabled people. Please choose the appropriate letter and amend as appropriate: