Boris Johnson’s Government to be taken to court over care home coronavirus crisis

Boris Johnson’s Government to be taken to court over care home coronavirus crisis

John’s Campaign, which supports families of people with dementia, is launching a judicial review in October. The charity is calling for the Government to change the rules around care home visits.

John’s Campaign claims the rules are leading to blanket bans on visits, having a detrimental impact on care home residents.

The charity told ITV the Government is “prioritising infection control while underestimating or even disregarding the risks posed by social isolation, loneliness and depression”.

John’s Campaign added: “It fails to assess what risks (usually minimal) are actually posed by family members.”

Many care home residents have not seen their families since the UK went into lockdown in March.

A Department of Health and Social Care spokesperson said: “We know limiting visits in care homes has been very difficult for many families and residents who want to see their loved ones.

“Our first priority is to prevent infections in care homes and to protect staff and residents.

“The process of considering visits should be led by the relevant local Director of Public Health, who should give a professional assessment of whether visiting is likely to be appropriate within their local authority, taking into account the wider risk environment.

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The latest figures showed a further 7,108 confirmed infections.

And the UK’s death toll has increased by 71 to 42,143.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson today warned the country is at a “critical moment” in the battle against coronavirus.

He urged people to follow the rules and warned of further restrictions if needed to combat the spread of the virus.

Mr Johnson added: “But if we put in the work together now, then we give ourselves the best possible chance of avoiding that outcome and avoiding further measures.”

England’s chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty also warned of a “long winter ahead of us”.

Published at Wed, 30 Sep 2020 17:42:00 +0000