Statement of Concern – COVID-19: Human rights, disability and ethical decision-making
During this pandemic, ethical decision making principles are more important than ever to ensure the rights of persons with disabilities are respected – in this open statement a group of experts from Australia identified the following:
- Health care should not be denied or limited to people with disability on the basis of impairment.
- People with disability should have access to health care, including emergency and critical health care, on the basis of equality with others and based on objective and non-discriminatory clinical criteria.
- Health care should not be denied or limited because a person with disability requires reasonable accommodation or adjustment.
- Health care should be provided on the basis of free and informed consent of the person with disability.
- Health care should not be denied or limited based on quality of life judgements about the person with disability.
- Ethical decision-making frameworks should be designed with close consultation and active involvement of people with disability and their representative organisations.
The full statement can be read here: Statement of Concern – COVID-19: Human rights, disability and ethical decision-making