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How the government has failed our most vulnerable | Letter

Glyn Morgan welcomes the news that people with learning disabilities have been given priority for Covid vaccines, but is frustrated that it took celebrity involvement to shine a light on the issue

While I welcome the belated decision to finally attach some priority to people with learning difficulties in the face of the overwhelming evidence of their increased risk and vulnerability (Frontline workers and BAME groups will not be prioritised for UK vaccines, 24 February), I can’t avoid the strong sense of cynicism that this has been achieved through the spotlight of celebrities.

While I fully identify with and commend Jo Whiley and indeed Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett for bringing this to public view, I have been struggling for many months to raise this issue on behalf of my own daughter with learning difficulties, and met with bland indifference or worse from key medical personnel involved in her care – and she is on a ventilator for night-time breathing.

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