Coronavirus: Disability

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 6th July 2020.

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Photo of Fleur Anderson Fleur Anderson Labour, Putney

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps the Government is taking to protect people with disabilities from covid-19.

Photo of Helen Whately Helen Whately Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

Holding answer received on 08 June 2020

The Government is working to protect disabled people from Covid-19. This includes:

- Providing guidance on social distancing and advice for people with specific conditions who are considered to be clinically vulnerable to Covid-19:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/staying-alert-and-safe-social-distancing/staying-alert-and-safe-social-distancing

- Advising people with specific health conditions, who are deemed to be extremely clinically vulnerable to Covid-19, to shield, and providing direct support to the shielded population. Support provided includes weekly boxes of basic supplies, priority for supermarket deliveries and help to meet basic care needs.

- Providing guidance and advice for health and social care providers and professionals to mitigate risks of Covid-19:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/wuhan-novel-coronavirus#adult-social-care

- Making available the NHS Volunteer Responders programme to help support people who are vulnerable but not shielding, including disabled people.

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