Rob Burley, Director of Campaigns, Care and Support at Muscular Dystrophy UK, said:
“Many people living with muscle-wasting conditions will welcome this development – but for some it will not be appropriate. We’ve heard from some people who say they do not feel ready to stop shielding. It’s essential they are not forced out of it because they can’t access food and medicines, or because their employer demands they return to work when they do not feel it is safe to do so.
“It’s good to see the Government encouraging employers to make adjustments for people who remain vulnerable to COVID-19, and it’s essential they’re listened to. But we’re greatly concerned that support from the National Shielding Service will come to an end on 1 August. This has been a fantastic resource for people who are shielding, and helped many to access supplies and medicines. While the risk of being exposed to COVID-19 may be falling, the Government itself has stated today that the potential impact on many people living with a muscle-wasting condition remains severe.
“Lockdown has been a stressful time for many people with muscle-wasting conditions. The Government must ensure that nobody who feels the need to continue to shield is left isolated and alone.”