During a Parliamentary debate our MP Mark Menzies has announced that there were sixteen deaths due to Covid 19 at an unnamed local care home. Mark did not name the home, but said all relatives of current residents had been informed, therefore those with loved ones at other homes in the borough should not be concerned.
He asked the Secretary of State for Health Matt Hancock to intervene after the home raised deep concerns it could not secure testing for residents living in the home.
During the Parliamentary session, Mr Menzies said: “In April, 16 residents of a care home in Fylde died. They represent about half of those in the home.
“Six of the remaining residents are displaying symptoms, but they are being told that they will have to wait until mid-June for further tests. Can the Secretary of State please investigate and work with me to resolve this important issue?”
The Health Secretary said any alleged mistakes would be investigated. Since the matter was raised in Parliament by Mark, the Government has confirmed the residents will be tested today (21st May).
Mr Menzies said: ‘This situation is utterly tragic for the residents, their families and for those who have cared for them for years and my heart goes out to them all. This virus is incredibly contagious and residents and staff in care homes are among the most vulnerable. Staff are performing wonders in the most difficult of circumstances.’
He continue, ‘We must now do everything we can to help the home ensure other residents, and its staff, are continually tested so that shielding measures can be put in place whenever they are needed.’