Fifty severely disabled people have gone on hunger strike in Italy to demand that the government of Mario Monti restore funding axed by his predecessor Silvio Berlusconi and provide round the clock care.
The hunger strikers are suffering from progressive neurodegenerative disorders such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, muscular dystrophy and multiple sclerosis.
The campaign group coordinating the protest has presented a plan to the Government called ‚Stay at Home‘ that would assist severely disabled people in their homes with all the support, including tools and equipment, necessary. It is asking for government funds of €20,000 per year for each family where a seriously ill person resides.
The protest follows sit-ins in between April and July which led the Government to the allocate €658 million in the latest budget for disabled people in need of support. But the deployment of these resources is being frustrated by the lack of a comprehensive…
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