I’m still here. My continued battle with Long Covid and good memories.


No truer words have been published and my heart goes out to Charlotte Hughes and her family.

The Government also play their part in this debate, for all their work is there to discredit benefit claimants, for they make it as difficult as possible to claim benefits. Also, in most instances the assessments that claimants have to undergo add to this discredit of benefit claimants. Assessors have been shown to be producing incorrect assessments and some shown to have deliberately so, but has one assessor been prosecuted for doing so?

I fear not, which if correct is a disgrace.

The Government goes out of its way to make like difficult for vulnerable people, disabled people, the poor and sick, etc.

then, this Government and many previous Governments have deliberately kept Social Care short of fun ding, so it is not just welfare benefits they are using to make like difficult for persons in need, but also Social Care, which they require to live a reasonable life.

Governments have made numerous promises to provide the correct funding for Social Care and to solve many of the other problems, but to date, they have not done so. So, Social Care continues to slide greater into crisis and there will come a time, if it has not already been reached when the failure to solve the crisis will cause, not only distress and pain, but the ultimate, death.

It could be argued that in the COVID-19 pandemic this failure to solve the Social Care crisis as already created deaths, a great stain on this Government.

To bring this to the attention of everyone, especially the Government I created the petition, Solve the crisis in Social Care,

https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/solve-the-crisis-in-social-care.

Please view the petition and, if you agree, please sign and share.

But funding is not the only problem, even if it is the main problems, so, if you wish for further information please see,

https://1drv.ms/w/s!Aq2MsYduiazgoEy6ROxeV0abd2mT?e=tA03zo

Thank you

Chris Sterry

#care #socialcare #crisis

The poor side of life

Dear readers an extra blog post from me, I hope that you don’t mind.

I’ve been a tad quiet recently because my recovery has been set right back.

My daughter unknowingly brought home a nasty virus with her when she returned home from school about two weeks ago.

What would normally would have been a slight cold etc completely floored me. I was forced to retreat back to bed.

I really hated having to retreat to bed because I wanted to be out and about and I had plans to do ‘stuff’.

I’m now out of bed but I’m coughing a lot and I can’t get my stats above 94 to 96. I’m also experiencing the return of the stabbing pains.

Yes I know that I should go back to the hospital and I will do when I’m financially able to do so. Shite happens and I’ve got to learn…

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Alton Towers Makes Changes After Woman Taken Off Ride


It would appear that Alton Towers have listened and made the required changes, however, only time will tell.

Therefore, I suggest that Alton Towers and other similar venues need to be checked regularly on how persons with disabilities are looked after, as well as checks on the safety of rides.

Same Difference

A woman with cerebral palsy is to be involved in Alton Towers’ updated disability training after she was left in tears over treatment by staff.

The venue said it had made changes after Hannah Cheetham was publicly removed from a thrill ride when visiting with sister Becky last month.

Alton Towers apologised for that and other behaviour, and has since invited the pair back to discuss practices.

The sisters have agreed to return to the theme park.

They say they want to give disabled people a “better experience” by helping those in public-facing roles.

Becky Cheetham said she had been told her youtube video about the ordeal would form part of staff training.

Sister Hannah, who uses a wheelchair, visits the park annually as an “adrenaline junkie”, and has previously gone on every ride she wished.

But on 28 September, the pair from Greater Manchester were left upset, angered and…

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Lost To The Virus- Doreen Chappell


Again and again this Tory Government have let down people with disabilities, be it Welfare Benefits, Social Care and now it is the NHS with Health Care.

Disabled people have rights and these were strengthened through the Care Act 2014 with increased rights for the family carers. But what did this Government do at the start of COVID-19, they created the Coronavirus Act 2020, in which they included areas which removed some of the fought for benefits within the Care Act 2014 and they did this with minimal consultation and Parliament debate.

But the DNRs were being created by the NHS, GPs to be exact and the NHS is not governed by the Care Act 2014, as they have other rules and regulations under which they are supposed to conform, The Hippocratic oath.

The Hippocratic oath covers several important ethical issues between doctors and patients. The oath first establishes that the practitioner of medicine give deference to the creators, teachers, and learners of medicine. … The oath serves as a contract for doctors to work towards the benefit of the health of the public.

Disabled people are members of the public so ‘Do Not Resuscitate’ (DNRs) notices should not be placed on any patient until they have been consulted.

This is a prime example of neglect, one of the safeguarding principles, however, the suspension of the Care Act 2014, in the Coronavirus Act 2020 means that neglect and safeguarding can not be used as a course of action.

One of the main reasons this Government suspended the Care Act 2014 through the Coronavirus Act 2020, but will the Human Rights legislation still be relevant, who knows.

Perhaps not, as at least one Judicial Review has be lost, so another win for this deplorable Government.

Same Difference

If Doreen Chappell’s first marriage was a disaster, her second one was a great success. She was born Doreen Brenda Ward in the East End of London, in 1936; her mother was a seamstress, her father, who had seen action at Gallipoli, later became a telecoms engineer.

It was a working-class household: Doreen left school at 15 to look for a job. Like many young women of the era, she became a typist and secretary, even having elocution classes to improve her chances of getting work.

Doreen married young, at 23. Her family didn’t approve – none of them attended the wedding – and when the marriage began to fall apart, they didn’t step in to help. “They thought that she’d made her bed, so now she should lie in it,” says her son, Simon. Doreen’s husband would disappear for weeks at a time, leaving her with the children…

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A fifth of disabled people say they will not leave home until a coronavirus vaccine is found


‘In addition to the survey, Scope has written to prime minister Boris Johnson, calling for him to prioritise the needs of disabled people, 59 per cent of whom are worried about being forgotten by the government.’

The other 41% realise that they have never been remembered by this government and never will be.

Govt Newspeak

‘I definitely won’t be going anywhere for the foreseeable future’, says Natasha Coates.

See the source image

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‘They’ve forgotten disabled people’: Government urged to protect those with sight loss during outbreak.  


I agree the Government have not ‘forgotten’ about any disabled people because they do not care and disability is outside their perception.

The Government view disability as a problem that they do not wish to consider and decry disabled people for not fitting in with the Government ‘norm’.

The Government see disability as a drain the the UK resources and would really wish that disabled people did not exist and they are going out of their way to put barriers up to ensure disabled people do not exist, or exist with much difficulty.

This can be seen to their whole approach to ‘welfare benefits’ and Social Care, where both have seen reductions on the financial benefits to disabled people and others who are disabled.

The UK needs to get behind supporting disabled people, but with the attitude of this Government and some in the media of classing disabled people and others who are vulnerable as ‘scroungers’ and some members of the public use this to decry disabled people and others who are vulnerable and believe that if the Government and media put this forward then it must be true and reinforces their own views.

The Government needs to be there for everyone and not just certain sections of the UK.

Govt Newspeak

I don’t think that the governmant have “forgotten” the disabled they remembered to strip them of every bit of money that they could with welfare “reforms” and denial of social care, etc. I was telling a lady (that I follow on twitter) this morning: my council no longer gives the severely disabled a full discount on the council tax – where they used to. Suffice to say that their memory is very selective where disabled people are concerned. GN

Guide dog users struggling to remain socially distanced as support animals not trained for post-Covid world

People with sight loss have said floor markers and signage urging them to keep 2m away are not helping them to socially distance
People with sight loss have said floor markers and signage urging them to keep 2m away are not helping them to socially distance ( PA )

The government has been urged to renew its guidance for supermarkets and address the pressing medical needs of people with eye conditions, as those living with sight loss warn they…

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Social care reform could be further delayed due to coronavirus : Care Home Professional


Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock has said social care reform could be further delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Source: Social care reform could be further delayed due to coronavirus : Care Home Professional

Covid-19 has exposed UK’s battered social care system. But there is a solution | Samantha Baron | Society | The Guardian


A new National Care Service could provide the leadership, recognition and identity the sector so desperately needs

Source: Covid-19 has exposed UK’s battered social care system. But there is a solution | Samantha Baron | Society | The Guardian

Coronavirus: Disabled people are forgotten by government strategy


A spokesperson added: “We are working closely with local authorities and the food industry to maintain access and deliver essential items to those who are most vulnerable, and are clear that where possible urgent and acute care needs should continue to be met.”

Unfortunately this Government would not recognise urgent and acute care needs, because they are totally uncaring.

The most vulnerable need much more than access and delivery of essential items, but also essential services, benefits and many others.

They have brought in a new welfare system, which is worst than the previous system, just to cut much needed benefits to those most in need on the pretext the new benefits would be delivered with less cost than previously. However, this has proved to be untrue and costs much more.

They have starved Local Authorities (LAs) of funding for council services on the pretext of austerity cuts, which in turn has meant that the LAs have had to cut funding for Social Care, which has been short of funding for years.

With the Coronavirus (COVID 19) situation they included the suspension of the Care Act 2014 in the Coronavirus Bill to allow LAs to cut more services which are in much demand by vulnerable people.

There will be other ways this Government are putting forward actions to make vulnerable people worse off.

At every turn this Government is making the lives of vulnerable people unbearable, is it to ensure that vulnerable people cease to exist.

Is this, in a way, a means to an end to reduce the number of vulnerable people within the UK, thereby leaving more resource for the elite rich.

Many elderly people 75 years ago won a war against a similar Government who wished to rid their country of vulnerable people and also non-Aryans, so is this Government trying to emulate the Third Reich.

I would hope not but in Germany pre-1939 the then German Government brought in measures to isolate those who were deemed to be not Ayran, so could this Government be doing the same to those who deemed to be not rich, thereby leaving more resources to the people this Government tends to support, the rich elite.

Govt Newspeak

Disabled people are “forgotten” by the government’s coronavirus strategy, putting “lives at risk”, charities say. A cross-party group of MPs has written to the prime minister calling for a “disability-inclusive” response.

They say isolation, a lack of social care, and legislation that suspends rights to some council services could all “exacerbate” existing inequalities. The government said it was “committed to supporting disabled people through every stage of this pandemic”.

“We recognise that this is a challenging time for disabled people, especially because of the impacts of social distancing and changes to routine,” a spokesperson said.”As we emerge from this unprecedented time we will continue to work with charities and stakeholders so disabled people are at the heart of our recovery.”

But Evan Odell, from Disability Rights UK, expressed concern about the government’s approach. “They roll out a strategy – but once it’s been announced it seems up to disabled people and their organisations…

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Coronavirus has exposed the gaping holes in social care. But it is also a chance for change | Polly Toynbee | Opinion | The Guardian


This crisis might achieve one thing: voters supporting Andy Burnham’s plan to bring social care into the NHS, says the Guardian columnist Polly Toynbee

Source: Coronavirus has exposed the gaping holes in social care. But it is also a chance for change | Polly Toynbee | Opinion | The Guardian

Trump administration proposes rule to punish disabled people : Daily Kos


In its ongoing efforts to make life just that much more difficult and humiliating for vulnerable people, the Trump administration is floating a new rule that would add in layers of bureaucracy for some people receiving Social Security Disability Insurance. The administrative costs for that added level of review would basically zero out any savings to the program, proving once again that cruelty is the point for Donald Trump and team.

Source: Trump administration proposes rule to punish disabled people : Daily Kos