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.