Jul 132011

DPAC logoLobby Kensington & Chelsea Council’s Cabinet Meeting

The Town Hall, Hornton Street, London W8 7NX

at 5.30pm on Thursday 21 July 2011

The Supreme Court has ruled in support of Kensington and Chelsea council’s withdrawal of overnight care to Elaine McDonald to save money. This will mean she will have no choice but to wear pads, although this is undignified and against her express wishes. Male judges are undermining a woman’s right to choose how she is helped with personal care.

The ruling has accepted that reviewing care plans can be treated as a reassessment of need. Therefore any contact with social services, even a phone call, could lead to detrimental changes to a disabled person’s care package.

The idea that privacy and independence can best be facilitated by dispensing with personal assistants or care workers at night was also supported by the Supreme Court. This is contrary to the government’s Independent Living Strategy, and undermines everything we have fought for as a disabled people’s movement for the last forty years. Personal assistance is vital to many disabled people’s independence and safety. Disabled people with complex health and social care needs who cannot move unaided should never be left alone at night in case of a fire or a sudden deterioration in their condition.

Disabled people, family carers, personal assistants, women, pensioners, community activists and trade unionists should come to the lobby to support Elaine and oppose this disgraceful ruling. Elaine’s overnight care should be restored immediately. A defeat for Elaine is a defeat for us all.

Contact ADKC on 0208 960 8888 or at pbsupport@adkc.org.uk

Contact HAFCAC on 07899 752 877 or at hafcac@hotmail.co.uk

Contact DPAC at mail@dpac.uk.net or visit our web site at www.dpac.uk.net

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  8 Responses to “Defend Elaine McDonald & Disability Rights : London W8 7NX at 5.30pm on Thursday 21 July 2011”

  1. Too late. You should let me know about these demos.

  2. I am unable to make the lobby, but feel I must express my support for Elaine McDonald. As the mother of a disabled teenager who is reliant upon me to toilet him during the night, I was horrified to read the ruling on the withdrawal Elaine McDonald’s night time care. This could happen to my son in years to come, when he is no longer cared for by me. This decision must be reversed for the sake of all the disabled people in our country.

  3. As a disabled human being this is undoubtedly unfair to elaine to have her rights taken away. A human beings dignity is paramount and to take away hers just to save money is downright out of order and unjust. Peace

  4. I fully support this woman in getting her night time care restored. How many of us would want to spend the night having to be incontinent! Absolutley disgraceful! This is rich country acting like some third world slum!

  5. Unfortunately,I cannot make the lobby but fully support the action.I,personally do not happen to have a disability but I was horrified at the decision.On so many levels this is wrong.It is a false economy as the use of pads greatly increases the chance of infection and or pressure sores which will mean an increased cost in there alleviation.A change in the provision of an assessed need without a reassessment of need.The attitude of the Council to even suggest that the agreed previous method of provision was “unfair” to other people was both insensitive and unnecessary.a divide and rule tactic of the worst kind.To be left in bed for twelve hours with a pad when you are not incontinent and you have expressed a wish specifically against this is I believe unacceptable.Good luck with the lobby.

  6. i support Elaine MacDonald’s right to dignity and will do what i can to help in this matter. it is shameful that these cuts are taking place against those who need it most. and this IS a need, DIGNITY IS A NEED NOT A LUXURY

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