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“There appears to be a lot of discussion regarding the ramifications of the new Coronavirus Bill. Of course it is currently being debated but from media sources it appears it will become law.
Some may say of course these are necessary changes, introduced in national emergency to protect us. A world wide response necessitated because of the gross under resourcing of a global healthcare system that could have been better able to detect, research and protect us all from global pandemics. Experts say that this is not new and neither is this something that we can not expect will be repeated as human populations continue to stray into rural zones across the world in search of new wealth and development , coming into contact with new sources of virus, and creating global warming that provides an ideal climate for bacteria and virus to spread and grow exponentially. For as long as politicians claim that they need a better economy, to create greater wealth often for so few, whilst under resourcing health care systems we will continue to see these pandemics, firstly at the expense of the poorer people and nations who are ill equipped to fight them and later the world. A world so motivated by growth and wealth, that Governments sleepwalk it’s people into crisis, restricting civil liberties, and recklessly endangering life on this planet in favour of reactive rather than proactive crisis management. But I guess this is a long winded introduction to the point I wish to make. The UK Government is indeed now responding to panic by spending at an unprecedented scale primarily necessary due to deeply reckless and painful cost cutting of a health care service over many years. The policy to financially cut back has rebounded with a blinding vengeance by forcing a spend far higher than the resources that were needed yet deprived by Government over years of austerity. A failure to invest, has now transformed into the clearest display of delayed realisation that in doing so we place the lives of the people in this nation and around the world at risk. This Bill however does not provide a long term strategy of funding in the health service. It does not seek to protect our elderly and vulnerable by helping them get more support in times of crisis. It does not protect our beloved NHS staff including doctors and nurses deserved of medals as they fight this war at the front line. Instead it severely restricts civil liberty and most notably suspends the rights of the most vulnerable. It removes adult entitlement to social care. It replaces a mandatory duty to provide for our special needs children, by replacing the duty to comply with their education plans or statements of special needs, with a best endeavour duty. It reduces the number of doctors required from two to one to certify the detention of someone under the mental health act. The law in fact does not appear to shield those who are the most vulnerable but once again attacks and reduces their rights even further. In times of crisis we should be protecting the weak not making them weaker.
I shall leave you with this example. Imagine a mother living alone with a child with severe emotional difficulties so great that the child places the child and mother at risk from harm. A child often requiring 2.1 adult help is now isolated, and frustrated at home becoming more and more aggressive and angry. The child however is an adult himself. Mother pleads with social care to help as the young man is far too difficult to manage. She needs help but cannot access it. He is not entitled any longer to assessment for the provision of emergency care and support. The Bill which becomes law prevents any duty to do so.. I will leave you to use your imagination to create your own ending.
My message to Mr Johnson. We as a nation are behind you in this quest to fight this invisible enemy. We recognise the endeavour that is needed and we will follow your informed advice in our need to keep safe. Please don’t however allow a law to pass that makes those less able to understand, and less able to protect themselves, be the ones who have to suffer the most.”
CEO – SINCLAIRSLAW