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[03/02/2021 | No comment]

Today I announced that Labour would push for the legal right for care home visits to take place. The ban on care home visits has been a scandal, and taken a terrible toll on families and residents.

Tens of thousands of care home residents have been unable to receive visits from their families for almost a year. The Government introduced limited visiting introduced late last year, but scrapped it when the second wave hit.

We need to recognise the anguish that separation has caused families, as well as the role that family members play in providing care, supporting residents mental and physical health. This is true not only for care home residents with dementia, but also for working age adults with physical and learning disabilities.

I first wrote to Matt Hancock urging for visits to resume back in June. We now need urgent action to reunite families, and make it a legal right to visit.

Read the full press release on the Labour Party’s website.

[22/01/2021 | No comment]

I spoke to a number of care homes this week about the vaccine roll-out in Leicester. It’s very worrying to hear that some homes haven’t been able to vaccinate all of their residents and staff. The Government promised that all care homes would be vaccinated by Sunday, and they must deliver on this.

While it is good news that over 56,000 people have been vaccinated in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, we are still in a race against time against this virus. The rise in care home outbreaks is concerning, and I will keep raising this with the Government and the NHS to make sure everything is being done to protect our care staff and residents.

Read more in the Leicester Mercury.

 

[16/11/2020 | No comment]

During a debate in Parliament last week, I called on the Government to learn lessons from the pandemic’s impact on people with dementia.

The majority of dementia patients are cared for in the community and in their own homes – and yet these care settings have not received the attention and priority that was needed during this pandemic. Home care workers need testing just like care home staff, and family carers need extra support to prevent them from burning out.

You can watch my speech online, or read it on Hansard.

[15/10/2020 | No comment]

 

I was pleased to work with Clockwise Credit Union to celebrate International Credit Union Day. Clockwise do wonderful work supporting people in Leicester West and across the city. They are a lifeline for many people, especially during these challenging times. 

Their latest report shows how Clockwise has helped thousands of people manage their money and improve their financial skills – preventing many people from losing their homes and helping them feel less stressed about money.

Watch the full video online.

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