CALLS are being made for the government to review care home isolation guidance – after a plea from a desperate mum.
Sefton Central MP Bill Esterson was contacted by Shakila Adhyaru after her son, Jake, who has learning disabilities and cerebral palsy and lives at St Joseph’s Home on Blundell Avenue in Formby would be forced to isolate in his room for two weeks after any trips out or home.
She told Mr Esterson that all the positive effects of a visit home would be quickly undone by enforced isolation.
Mr Esterson said: “The Care Minister is saying this is under review. Well get on and review it. Start treating residents decently. Why is it that staff can come in to work and work that day – but residents have to go into quarantine if they've just gone home for lunch or dinner or just out for the day with their family. It makes no sense and the government needs to fix it.”
Meanwhile, the Office for National Statistics reported that: “Disabled people made up six in 10 (59.5%) of all deaths involving the coronavirus for the period to 20 November 2020 (30,296 of 50,888 deaths).”
In December, Parliament’s cross-party Women and Equalities Committee published a report on the unequal impact of the pandemic on disabled people, which concluded: “In the light of starkly disproportionate and tragic data on death rates from coronavirus of disabled people, including shocking figures for deaths of people, including young people, with learning disabilities, there must be a discrete independent inquiry into the causes.
“It must be a wide-ranging inquiry, including consideration of the role of the Government’s and public authorities’ policies and decisions in adverse outcomes for disabled people.
“The independent inquiry must be established as soon as we have gained control of the pandemic, which we all hope will be in the first half of 2021.”