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UK Parliament Select Committee COVID 19 survey

Crippen gives the heads-up for a Parliamentary Survey

Oops, nearly missed this one. Although they have said that people can still respond after the closing date. So, here goes … A Parliamentary Select Committee have been set up to find out how the measures put into effect regarding the pandemic have impacted on disabled people – although they have ...

consultation between government and disabled people

Crippen reminds the government that they’ve signed up to talk with disabled people

It’s well documented that this government consistently fails to involve disabled people when planning its disability strategies. It will argue that it does, although this is usually with those organisations that are not user-led or with those individual ...

survey of disabled peoples needs re covid 19

Crippen and the Greater Manchester Big Covid-19 Disability Survey

Disabled People's Groups and Organisations have compiled a questionnaire to discover what effects the Covid 19 virus has had on disabled people in the Greater Manchester area. The questions are designed to identify the issues and experiences that their members are currently facing. They need as many responses as they can ...

Liz Bentley missing the personal touch from the Tesco Delivery Man

Liz Bentley feeling sad her Tesco Delivery Man can’t come in, while waiting for the Tesco Delivery Man for a long time

  It's strange now to think that Tesco Delivery Men have hugged me, got up close and leaned in when I've been doing a selfie with them. That feels such a long time ago now. I'm not isolating alone, in fact much of the week there are four or six of ...

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Crippen cuts through the fog of war

'The fog of war’ is an expression describing a situation where the smaller, but vital issues are missed or forgotten, overwhelmed by the larger picture. In our case, Boris Johnson is relying on the fact that the confusion of the Coronavirus is taking our attention away from changes he is ...

Do Not Resuscitate text

Do Not Resuscitate Decency

I am not naive. I know the Do Not Resuscitate directive is a complex issue. My siblings and I chose that option for my dad when he was taken ill last year, and the only reason we chose it was because we knew he would not survive that procedure and ...

Tips for Lockdown – How to Make a Bra Out of Face Masks

I bought face masks but my head is too big to wear them, they just ping off my face. Two of the unexpected casualties of lockdown are my boobs. There are no places to buy big bras locally. I have to go to Norwich for that, but that is an ...

Is it weird that I don’t really find this weird?

It feels weird right? I’ve had that word weird in my head for a while now. That moment between not really scared and not knowing what the hell is going to happen. NO ONE in this country has ever experienced this before – super weird – and just, well, actually for ...

Cartoon of a patient lying in a hospital bed with a doctor in PPE standing to their right

Coronavirus Bill frees up psychiatrists to fight COVID19

The Coronavirus Bill became the Coronavirus Act and passed into law last week. It included changes to mental health legislation which is not yet in force. Only one doctor will be needed to section someone, and sections will be able to last longer without review. Those of us who have been ...

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Tips for Lockdown or How to Shave the Eyebrows off a Potato

I hope people are holding out ok. I live in my own head a lot of the time, which has its weird lockkdowns, and the flashes of the weird virus of the past infecting the present, but a lot of the time, it is my own beautiful, spectacular cosmos. I ...