Four disabled campaigners are taking legal action to force the government to make it clear that they will have the same right to life-sustaining treatment as non-disabled people if they contract coronavirus.
Their lawyers have written to health and social care secretary Matt Hancock and NHS England to challenge their failure to publish guidance for doctors on how to decide who receives life-saving treatment during the COVID-19 pandemic, if demand outstrips supply.
They fear that, if they become ill with the virus, they and other disabled people will be viewed as less likely to benefit from such treatment than non-disabled people.
Their action was inspired by an open letter, supported so far by more than 2,000 disabled people and allies, which warned that (opens in a new tab) disabled people’s right to treatment in the NHS was not always being upheld during the pandemic.
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