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Disabled People’s Organisations state their case to the Covid-19 Inquiry

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Written and oral submissions by Disabled People’s Organisations were made to the Covid-19 Inquiry last week. They begin in stark terms.

“Disabled people died more of Covid-19 than anyone else. They died more than anyone else in each successive wave of the pandemic. Six out of ten of the Covid dead are Disabled people. A learning Disabled person between 18 and 34 was thirty times more likely to die of Covid. They suffered physical and mental harm during the lock downs and associated measures, and in ways that others did not. People who took years to set up and maintain systems of independent living lost those systems overnight. They suddenly did not have food, medicine, hygiene, or basic human contact. They lived with the real fear of non-resuscitation, lesser prioritisation for treatment, or dying in their homes because no one knew they were ill. The care system, long neglected and hugely undervalued, collapsed. The questions our clients bring to this Inquiry are how and why did Disabled people fare so badly during the pandemic and what does it tell us about the society we have chosen to live in and could choose to change?”

Danny Friedman KC and Anita Davies act for Disability Rights UK, Inclusion Scotland, Disability Wales, and Disability Action Northern Ireland. They are instructed by Shamik Dutta and Charlotte Haworth Hird of Bhatt Murphy Solicitors.

Useful Link(s)

Opening Statement on behalf of Disability Rights UK, Inclusion Scotland, Disability Wales, and Disability Action Northern Ireland

UK Covid 19 Inquiry – Module 2 Hearing – 3 October 2023 – YouTube (Danny Friedman KC’s opening submissions can be viewed at 4:43:03)

Bhatt Murphy press release