By Doug Paulley in his kingqueen Blog.
Many disabled people may be left to die so that others can be saved. That’s the impact of likely coming increased demand for hospital treatment, intensive care beds and ventilators, according to multiple reports in the Press.
Guidance by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence, from the British Medical Association, letters from Clinical Commissioning Groups to care homes, letters to individual disabled people from GPs, the NHS’ “Decision Support Tool” and others, all suggest that disabled people will be left out in competition for treatment with able-bodied people. Whilst there has been some correction, I still have no confidence that disabled people will have anything like equal access to critical care services.
The BMA advice is stark:
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