Stop people with learning disabilities dying while routinely refused coronavirus testing

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New data by the Care Quality Commission has revealed a 175% rise in unexpected deaths in places where people with autism and learning disabilities live.

The government portal does not allow tests to be booked for residents or staff because these people "don't meet the criteria". Testing is only available to people aged over 65 in care homes and people with dementia.

It is completely and utterly shocking that in 2020 people with disabilities are being discriminated against by the government.

The Care Quality Commission published figures that show a large rise in unexpected deaths in places where people with learning disabilities and autism live - 3,765 deaths when compared to 1,370 in the same period last year.


It is most likely the huge rise in deaths at this time has to be because of the coronavirus. We don’t know what’s the cause of all the unexpected deaths in places where people with learning disabilities live because they are not being tested!

My brother is 52 years old and was born with the condition Downs Syndrome. He has limited communication skills and will need to be cared for in a secure environment for his entire life. People like him are dying in care homes now, because they are being refused testing. These people are often overlooked because they cannot speak up for themselves. This must not be allowed to continue.

The government must be petitioned to extend testing to all vulnerable people, regardless of age and mental or physical disability