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Covid inquiry: Ex-minister challenged on plan for disabled people

An ex-minister has defended the government's approach to disabled people during the pandemic, following claims they were "largely disregarded".

Justin Tomlinson, a former minister for disabled people, told the Covid inquiry the government recognised this group was at greater risk from the virus.

He added that work had been done "at pace" to address this.

The inquiry has previously been told that disabled people's views were not properly heard ahead of key decisions.

Nearly six out of 10 people who died with coronavirus in England from January to November 2020 were disabled, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

In a witness statement published earlier this month, chief executive of charity Disability Rights UK, Kamran Mallik, said: "From the statements, decisions and actions of the UK government throughout the crisis, considerations relating to disabled people appeared to be largely disregarded."

In his evidence earlier this month, Mr Mallik of Disability Rights UK said there was a "shocking disregard" when it came to providing information in alternative formats for disabled people, including letters on shielding for clinically vulnerable groups.

He said his charity had also raised concerns about protections for care home residents, and help for disabled people who were not shielding but still needed support accessing food and essentials.

Mr Mallik added that there had been no consultation to allow the views of charities or disabled people to be "properly heard before decisions were made".

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Source: BBC News, 8 November 2023


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