Jack Dromey has written to the Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, to call for Motor Neurone Disease to be added to the Government’s list of those who are ‘particularly vulnerable’ to COVID-19.
The letter comes after Jack was contacted by a number of constituents who shared their concerns about the disease, which frequently impacts the respiratory system, not being included on the list published by the Government.
Jack Dromey MP said:
“It cannot be right that the list published by the Government of people particularly vulnerable to Coronavirus does not include those living with Motor Neurone Disease.
“MND is an incredibly serious and terminal condition which frequently impacts the respiratory system, making patients extremely vulnerable to the COVID-19 virus. The lack of clear guidance from the Government risks discouraging people with MND from registering with health authorities, and generates confusion and concern about the scope of the Government’s approach to protecting vulnerable people.
“Given the urgency of this rapidly developing situation, I believe it is essential that the Government corrects the guidance document as soon as possible to ensure that MND is explicitly included. To that end, I have written to Matt Hancock, the Health Secretary and Public Health England to ask that they review this and ensure that MND is clearly included in any future guidance relating to support for extremely vulnerable people during the virus outbreak.”
You can read the full letter below: