Families' Covid fury as Hancock treated loved-ones like 'lambs to the slaughter'


Relatives of those who died from Covid-19 are calling for an urgent inquiry saying their loved ones were treated like “lambs to the slaughter.”

The devastated families said they believed their mums and dads were in the “safest place” before they were struck down by the killer virus.

A daughter, whose dad was one of those who died in a care home, has won a judicial review to hold the Government to account for their deadly failings during the pandemic.

But she believes both the Prime Minister and the Health Secretary should face manslaughter charges too.

Dr Cathy Gardner from Sidmouth in Devon was reduced to tears as she watched Dominic Cummings give seven hours of evidence to the select committee this week.

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Michael GIbson, 88, died from Covid-19 in a care home on April 3, 2020
Michael GIbson, 88, died from Covid-19 in a care home on April 3, 2020

Her 88-year-old dad died from the virus on April 3rd, just a week after the first lockdown.

“I will not have been the only one crying because it reminds you of the disaster,” Dr Gardner told The Mirror.

“Particulary when he was talking about not having a plan for care homes.

“The consequences of that for so many thousands of people was just awful.

“Fifty per cent of the deaths early on were in care homes and that’s so wrong.”

Her father, Michael Gibson, is believed to have died from Covid after a patient was discharged from hospital back into his care home despite testing positive for the virus.

Seven other residents also died.

She said both Boris Johnson and Matt Hancock should be charged with manslaughter adding: “Our loved ones were being forced to share a space with someone with covid- it’s absolute madness.

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Rex Williams, right, died aged 85 from Covid-19 in a Coventry care home on April 20, 2020
Rex Williams, right, died aged 85 from Covid-19 in a Coventry care home on April 20, 2020

“I could not believe that they could be so stupid.”

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Charlie Williams, 53, shares her fury and wants to see an inquiry after his dad, Rex Williams, died of Covid-19 in a care home on April 20th last year.

He said of Cummings’ shocking statement: “I was absolutely stunned and disgusted by what I heard.

“It was absolute chaos, they didn’t know what they were doing.”



Rex's son Charlie Williams 'was absolutely stunned and disgusted by what I heard'
Rex’s son Charlie Williams ‘was absolutely stunned and disgusted by what I heard’

Retired plastics factory manager, Rex, a dad-of-five, passed away aged 85 at a care home in Coventry, Warks.

Charlie added: “My father was bed bound so for him to catch Covid it literally had to be served to him on a plate.

“Naïvely when the pandemic hit the UK I thought to myself ‘well my dad is probably in the safest place’.”



Health Secretary Matt Hancock has sparked fury
Health Secretary Matt Hancock has sparked fury

Charlie is part of the campaign group Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice UK, which represents more than 4,000 grieving families.

They are demanding that the PM holds an inquiry as soon as possible.

Charlie said: “We don’t want to see another life lost.”

As Cummings gave evidence, Paul Sexton, was facing the first anniversary of his 84 year old mum Cathleen Sexton’s death from Covid.



Cathleen Sexton, 94, died from Covid-19 in a Durham care home on May 26, 2020
Cathleen Sexton, 94, died from Covid-19 in a Durham care home on May 26, 2020

Mr Sexton, 55, an independent county councillor from Durham, said: “At my mam’s care home 28 people died and she was the 24th person.

“She died on May 26th last year so this week has been hard.

“I looked at mam through the window but she was in a Covid coma by then and she never really came out of it.

“I think people were treated as expendable. It was absoultely shocking.

“I feel very let down by the Government but I’m not after anyone’s head.

“It is not going to bring my mam back and the thousands who died.

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“But we need to learn lessons from it.

“Let’s hope everyone who died, didn’t die in vain.”



Janet Gibbs, right, died from Covid-19 in a Leicestershire care home on April 9, 2020
Janet Gibbs, right, died from Covid-19 in a Leicestershire care home on April 9, 2020



Janet Gibbs with granddaughter Olivia
Janet Gibbs with granddaughter Olivia

Retired childcare worker Janet Gibbs, 78, died of Covid-19 on April 9th last year after contracting the virus in a care home.

Her daughter Cheryl Harrison, 52, said: “I feel like my mum is one of the tens of thousands of people who didn’t need to die.

“If they had tested patients before allowing them into care homes then she could potentially still be alive.”

The dementia sufferer’s family hoped she would one day return to live with them in Nuneaton, Warks.

But Janet became ‘trapped’ in the home at the start of the pandemic and died on the day her coronavirus test results came back positive.



Sylvia Griffiths, 76, died from Covid-19 in Sunderland care home on April 12, 2020
Sylvia Griffiths, 76, died from Covid-19 in Sunderland care home on April 12, 2020

Grieving Deborah Doyle said Cummings’ evidence was “incredibly hard” to watch.

Deborah also lost her mum Sylvia Griffiths, 76, to suspected coronavirus in April last year.

“I can’t get closure because I still don’t believe she’s gone,” Deborah, 54, of Sunderland, told the Mirror.

“The first time I saw her was the coffin.”

Deborah, said she was “absolutely gobsmacked” as she watched the Prime Minister’s former advisor on Wednesday.

“We need to see the evidence now and that’s why a statutory public inquiry is so important,” she said.



Janet Faulks, left, died from Covid-19 in a Leicestershire care home on May 8, 2020, aged 75
Janet Faulks, left, died from Covid-19 in a Leicestershire care home on May 8, 2020, aged 75

Becca Faulks lost her mum Janet, 75, in May last year after she contracted the virus in her Leicestershire care home.

Daughter Becca, 35, said it was “totally unacceptable” people were knowingly being sent into care homes with Covid-19.

“There needs to be a review into the whole care system.

“If people were knowingly being discharged into care homes while suffering from Covid then there needs to be an inquiry.”

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A care home boss left devastated after 27 of their residents died of Covid during the pandemic, says Matt Hancock must go.

Nicola Richards from Palms Row Healthcare said they were lied to by the minister and their residents “treated like lambs to the slaughter”.

“We are all in shock at the incompetence,” the boss, who had to close one of their three homes in Sheffield during the pandemic, said.

“They didn’t protect the care sector, it is as simple as that and they need to be held accountable.

“To lie to the care sector from the onset of this pandemic is unforgivable.



Bill Campbell, 86, died from Covid-19 in a Renfrewshire care home on April 12, 2020
Bill Campbell, 86, died from Covid-19 in a Renfrewshire care home on April 12, 2020

“We have been on the front line and we have witnessed first hand the tragic effects of this virus.

“They should have protected our residents, their families and our staff and they didn’t. They failed us.”

Linda Verlaque’s whose dad Bill Campbell died at the age of 86 of Covid at Erskine Park care home in Bishopton said the Government “should be held accountable for every single death.”

Mum of two, Eliza Flynn, 39, said: “I would like to see an inquiry and I’m pretty sure the care homes would like to see one too.

“The Government has treated care homes like second rate establishments. My mum’s care home was given out of date PPE.”



Eliza Flynn, 38, with 75-year-old mother Elly Flynn, who died in a London care home of Covi-19 on April 19
Eliza Flynn, 38, with 75-year-old mother Elly Flynn, who died in a London care home of Covi-19 on April 19

Eliza’s mum Elly Flynn, 75, died at Bridgeside Lodge in Islington, North London on April 19th last year.

“I very much believe that if they had made different decisions I’m pretty sure my mum would still be here. It was not her time to go.

“I don’t think they care. I think Boris would have made different decisions if he had a family member in a care home.

“Lot of people died because of slow decisions made by our Government.

“I feel like we have people in charge who are very ego led.”

This man failed us..he must go

A care home boss left devastated after 27 of their residents died of Covid during the pandemic says Matt Hancock must go.

Nicola Richards, pictured , from Palms Row Healthcare, claimed they were lied to by him and that residents were “treated like lambs to the slaughter”.



Care home boss Nicola Richards
Care home boss Nicola Richards

Ms Richards, who had to close one of their three homes in Sheffield, said: “We are all in shock at the incompetence. Hancock has got to go.

“They didn’t protect the care sector, it is as simple as that and they need to be held accountable.”

She claimed: “To lie to the care sector from the onset is unforgivable. We’ve witnessed first hand the tragic effects of this virus.

“They should have protected our residents, their families and our staff, and they didn’t. They failed us.”





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