In a BBC Devon report yesterday:
A woman who said goodbye to her dying father through a care home window is suing the government over his death. Dr Cathy Gardner’s father, Michael Gibson, 88, died of probable Covid-19 related causes on 3 April. Her case, which accuses the government of unlawfully exposing thousands of care home residents to serious harm, will be filed at the High Court today. The Department for Health and Social Care said it could not comment on ongoing legal proceedings…..The government has faced criticism for policies allowing patients to be discharged from hospitals into care homes without being tested for Covid-19.
The home in question, Cherwood House Care Centre is owned by Ellenbern Holdings Limited and charges between £755 to £1 087 per week.
Surely they were not forced to take patients? Surely they had proper infection control?
Their May 2019 Care Quality Commission report rated their infection control as ‘Good.’
If the deceased was not tested for covid-19 and the death certificate only suggests ‘died of probable Covid-19 related causes‘ will there be any case to answer?
It will be interesting to see if any Scottish cases are brought and against whom.
Footnote: Curiously Ellenbern Holdings Limited were formerly RADCLIFFE CARAVAN PARK LIMITED.