Families who lost loved ones to COVID in nursing homes are suing the government for failing to provide adequate protection for them.
A group of 30 claims, which are being handled concurrently, accuse Matt Hancock and other ministers of failing to prevent the virus from entering nursing homes at the beginning of the pandemic.
They have made claims for wrongful death, personal injuries, pain and suffering, stress, and anxiety.
According to the lawsuits, the government’s March 2020 decision to swiftly discharge hospital patients into care homes without testing endangered OAPs.
The policy was declared illegal by the High Court last year because it ignored the possibility that people without symptoms could spread Covid.
Leigh Day solicitors partner Emma Jones, who is assisting the families, stated: “We hope that by filing these cases, there will be a full and thorough investigation into the deaths, which might help our clients feel as though they have secured justice for their loved ones.”
After we revealed his rule-breaking affair, Mr. Hancock, who left office in June 2021, claimed the government had “thrown a protective ring around care homes” during the early stages of the outbreak.
However, between March and June 2020, Covid claimed the lives of nearly 20,000 residents of care homes in England and Wales.
According to an official from the Department of Health, “We provided billions of pounds to support the sector, including on infection and prevention control, free PPE, and priority vaccinations, with the vast majority of eligible care staff and residents receiving vaccinations.”
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