Engage disabled people in decision making about easing lockdown

Section: Policy into PracticeType: News Item Date Published: 11th May 2020

The ALLIANCE has responded to the Scottish Government's Framework for COVID-19 decision making.

COVID-19 is a defining public health emergency for the 21st Century. The ALLIANCE recognises the strain that responding to the pandemic places on the Scottish Government, NHS, local authorities and Health and Social Care Partnerships, as well as the deep impact for people living with long term conditions, disabled people, unpaid carers and organisations that work for and with them.

The ALLIANCE’s latest briefing aims to provide constructive comment on the Framework and Further Information, and offers recommendations for future consideration. The briefing calls for a number of actions to be considered as part of Scotland’s approach when initial changes to the current lockdown restrictions are made:

  • Recognition that COVID-19 will not have the same impact on everyone and that it is already disproportionately affecting some individuals and groups within society.
  • Further work should be planned to directly engage and consult with disabled people about the transition from lockdown.
  • Recognise the inherent link between health and social care, and the key role social care has in any national response to and recovery from COVID-19.
  • Guidelines and decision-making frameworks containing concrete commitments to embedding human rights within these processes.
  • Clarity over the priority in which health and social care services which have been suspended will return.
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