In my Leicester Mercury column this month, I talk about the unfolding tragedy in social care. The Office for National Statistics says that 5,890 people have so far died from Covid-19 in care homes, up until the week ending 24 April. That’s more than a third of all deaths from the virus in that period.
Each one of these deaths leaves a grieving family and friends. My heart goes out to those who’ve lost loved ones, and in my new role as Shadow Social Care Minister, I’m determined to do all I can to help bring these terrible death rates down.
That’s why I’ve made a number of practical proposals to the Government, to help protect care users and staff. These are in more detail in my column that you can read above.