High-risk individuals may soon be reading headlines about rising Covid-19 infection rates – on their morning commute, says Guardian columnist Frances Ryan
Frances Ryan“Disabled people make up two-thirds of U.K coronavirus deaths. You‘d be forgiven for not knowing that. These lives have not made the 6pm news. Ministers haven’t said a word. ‘Underlying health conditions’ has become code for an acceptable death.” >> My col
Frances RyanHigh risk workers forced back out. Food parcels withheld if you’ve got “the wrong” disability. Services for disabled children scrapped. Coronavirus has exposed Britain’s shameful treatment of disabled people. >> My col.
People between 50 and 70 could be given personalised risk ratings, taking into account factors like age and medical history.
Frances RyanSTOP LEAKING LIFE CHANGING POLICIES TO THE BLOODY SUNDAY PAPERS.
If more people are going to have to shield and stay in their homes 24/7, maybe don’t drip it to the press until you’re sure? And maybe use a press conference and our doctors??
Exclusive: scientists demand to see evidence behind decision to drop shielding on 1 August
Frances Ryan'Heartless and reckless' to force shielding people back to work next week, says TUC. This is such a national scandal and I hope the millions of people with underlying health conditions get the support they deserve.
Chancellor considers tax in England and Wales as potential replacement for business rates
Frances RyanThis is simply a tax on disability. High streets need support but not at the expense of people who are high risk from coronavirus or rely on online shopping because of health problems (who are also more likely to be in poverty).
Exclusive: Matt Hancock advocate of plan to raise tax to cover cost of care in later life
Frances RyanIncreasing tax to pay for social care is long overdue (and considering intergenerational inequality) but this just reinforces the idea only elderly need care. Twentysomething disabled people need social care too - and any young tax payer could anytime.
Frontline staff will be required to liaise with NHS and police rather than cutting off people’s benefits
Frances RyanThis announcement is a long, long time coming. It is not hyperbole to say that disabled people have literally died waiting for the DWP to adopt basic safeguarding measures. We wait to see what support actually emerges.
We must radically reform a system that demands rape tests and leaves children hungry, says Guardian columnist Frances Ryan
Frances Ryan“Covid is exposing Britain’s long built crisis: an economic system that leaves millions of people unable to afford the most basic standard of living, and a state apparatus content to push them there.” >> This week’s col.
Exclusive: five children have killed themselves in three months, council chief reveals
Frances RyanThis is incredibly sad. Five children with special educational needs have killed themselves in the space of three months in Kent, as lockdown isolation and closed services make already deeply complex situations harder.
I’ve seen firsthand how years of underfunding have left our health service struggling to treat long-term conditions, says Guardian columnist Frances Ryan
Frances RyanI feel so much for the Covid “long haulers” left with debilitating symptoms. This week’s column is on how we need to start talking about this - and admit the NHS too often leaves chronically ill people to suffer alone. theguardian.com/commentisfree/… #COVID19
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Your Covid Recovery has been set up to aid survivors experiencing long-term effects from the virus
Frances RyanThis is a great and much needed announcement - but what a punch in the gut to the millions who have been ill with a non-COVID condition and given next to no support by the NHS. Where’s our three month care package?
Chancellor urged to introduce a scheme that has jump-started other countries’ blighted hospitality and retail sectors
Frances RyanGiving retail vouchers to the public that have to be spent “face to face” - as opposed to online - openly discriminates against disabled people. It’s as if the government couldn’t think of more ways to screw the disabled community during this pandemic.
Barrister says Home Office’s unwillingness to protect 11-year-old makes a mockery of FGM protection orders
Frances RyanMake no mistake, Priti Patel is truly morally bankrupt: Home Secretary accused of 'shameful' bid to deport girl at risk of FGM. The girl’s two sisters died after being cut in their native Sudan.
Charities call on government to rebuild care system to support carers and their families
Frances RyanThis is horrendous. 4.5 million people in UK - mainly women - have been forced to become unpaid carers for loved ones during the pandemic as social care crumbles. When the state pulls back, disabled people lose their independence and women become poorer.