Medical Treatment Was Withheld From People With Learning Disabilities During Pandemic

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Medical treatment was withheld from people with learning disabilities during the pandemic, The Telegraph can disclose.

Patients admitted to hospital with Covid-19 were not given potentially life-saving treatment because of their conditions.

The learning disability charity Mencap said they were aware of cases where “treatment was withheld” and this led to the patient “dying prematurely”.

The disclosure will fuel concerns about how patients with learning disabilities were treated during the pandemic and raise questions about how medics view individuals with such conditions.

Office for National Statistics figures from last year show that nearly six out of every 10 people who died with coronavirus in England were disabled.

Last week, the Telegraph revealed how patients with mental illness and learning disabilities were given “do not attempt resuscitation” (DNR) orders in England during the pandemic.

Matt Hancock pledged to investigate orders that were “inappropriately” given and said that he wanted to “know” about any…

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