Mehrunisha Suleman, Senior Research Fellow at the Health Foundation has responded to the latest statistics on Covid related deaths from the Office of National Statistics’ (ONS).
She said: “COVID-19 has had an unequal impact on disabled people who have been among the hardest hit in terms of deaths from the virus. Worryingly, ONS’ data confirms this trend, showing that 6 out of 10 people who have died with COVID-19 are disabled”.
She added: “(These) figures clearly show that current measures to protect disabled people are not enough and that there is an urgent need for more and better support. Disabled people are more likely to have one or more long-term health conditions, which means they are at greater risk of suffering severe symptoms if they get COVID-19”.
Ms Suleman also spoke of how, due to lockdown, disabled people’s health care needs are not being fully met and that they have had…
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