Cross Party Group on Learning Disability urges Scottish Government to take urgent action to uphold the human rights of people who have a learning disability during Covid-19

February 17, 2021 Campaigning news ENABLE Scotland

ENABLE Scotland is the secretariat for the Cross Party Group on Learning Disability in the Scottish Parliament.

The Cross Party Group (CPG) meets four times a year, and considers issues that impact on the human rights of people who have a learning disability in Scotland.

Members of the Cross Party Group include many individuals who have a learning disability, charities who represent their interests, and other professional groups such as Learning Disability Nurses.

Today, Jackie Baillie MSP, the Convener of the Cross Party Group, and Joan McAlpine MSP, the Vice Convener of the CPG, wrote a joint letter to the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport, outlining concerns about the disproportionate impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the human rights of people who have a learning disability in Scotland.

The letter calls on the Scottish Government to issue urgent guidance to GPs to support them to encourage all people who have a learning disability to come forward for the vaccination in Group 6, as NHS England have now done.

You can read the letter here.

Joan McAlpine MSP also raised the issue of access to vaccinations for people who have a learning disability as part of Priority Group 4 and 6 at First Minister’s Questions today (17 February). You can read her question and the First Minister’s response here.

You can find out more about the Cross Party Group here.

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