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The number of people with learning disabilities dying in care has more than doubled during the coronavirus pandemic, according to new figures.
The Care Quality Commission (CQC), the health and social care regulator, said it had found a 134% increase in the number of these deaths compared to last year.
We’ve published data on deaths of people with a learning disability, showing a 134% increase in the number of notifications
“Every death in today’s figures represents an individual tragedy for those who have lost a loved one. We already know that people with a learning disability are at an increased risk of respiratory illnesses, meaning that access to testing could be key to reducing infection and saving lives.
“These figures also show that the impact on this group of people is being felt at a younger age range than in the wider population – something that should be considered in decisions on testing of people of working age with a learning disability.”
Former transport minister Stephen Hammond has continued to call for the plan to quarantine all people arriving from outside the UK to be scrapped.
Hammond said a “blanket set of measures” for a 14-day quarantine would not work. He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that a more targeted set of measures was needed, such as so-called “air bridges” permitting travel between two countries.
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