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The government has long failed Britain’s disabled community—and it’s only getting worse with the pandemic

Do not resuscitate orders were intended to be used for patients too frail to benefit from CPR. But blanket use on disabled Covid patients is unnecessary and unlawful

By Faith Martin  

Photo: Jennifer Santolla / Alamy Stock Photo

Disabled people, who comprise 60 per cent of Covid deaths, have been pushed to the side throughout the pandemic—placed low on the vaccine priority list until a sustained public campaign last month, and put at greater risk by the government’s failure to protect care home residents from infection. Disabled people have also faced healthcare discrimination: disability charity Mencap revealed that people with learning disabilities were told they would not be resuscitated if they were taken ill with coronavirus simply because they have a learning disability.

“Do not resuscitate” orders, which are usually made for people who are…

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