COVID-19 deaths / Learning disabilities - SCIE response

12 November 2020

Responding the news that 451 per 100,000 people registered as having a learning disability died with COVID-19 between 21 March and 5 June, Kathryn Smith, Chief Executive at the Social Care Institute for Excellence, says:

It is devastating to read about the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on people with learning disabilities. COVID-19 has continued to highlight the long-standing inequalities in society and particularly for those people accessing social care. This has been shown across care services, from direct exposure to the virus through to the unintended consequences of loneliness, isolation and mental health problems; as well as with the previous issues with accessing appropriate PPE and testing.

SCIE's Kathryn Smith continues:

We must continue to highlight the additional support that people with learning disabilities need during this time, including getting access to information in an accessible format and a recognition of the additional risks they can often experience through living with other long-term conditions. Our Beyond Covid-19 report highlights many issues that different people are facing. We must see the sustainable investment that we need to support people now and into the future and this must include a focus on preventative services and better workforce pay and conditions.

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