GMCDP, along with other disabled people’s organisations, expressed its concerns about the lifting of lockdown, and the disproportionate impact of the pandemic on disabled people. This was reported in Disability News Service, and can be found here https://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/coronavirus-governments-lockdown-d...
Last month, GMCDP Executive Council wrote letters advocating for disabled people’s right to access healthcare and treatment during the pandemic. These letters were sent to Clinical Commissioning Groups, Greater Manchester MPs, local Healthwatches and Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Board.
We asked them to support our appeal for fair healthcare for everyone, including:
- Pledging to continue to follow the Equality Act and the Human Rights Act in all dealings with all patients;
- To advocate that physicians make clinical decisions based on the same criteria for everyone when they are imminently needed;
- To ensure oxygen to nursing homes, or care homes that need it;
- To continue to treat all patients fairly and without prejudice when deciding who qualifies for treatment.
GMCDP has had several responses so far, all demonstrating commitment to ensuring disabled people’s rights to access treatment. We will update our members on this again soon.