Doctor sues UK government for coronavirus after father dies in nursing home


A doctor is suing the British government after her father died in a nursing home during the coronavirus pandemic and she was forced to say goodbye through a window.Dr. Cathy Gardner accuses the government of illegally exposing residents of nursing homes to serious harm.

Her father Michael Gibson, 88, died on April 3, and she believes his death was “national shame.”

She intends to exercise her powers and said that she is filing her claim with the High Court today.

Dr. Gardner, of Sidmouth, Devon, said, “My father was one of thousands of vulnerable people who died in a care home during this pandemic.

“His death certificate says” COVID-19 likely “because it has not been tested.

“The nursing home should have been a safe place, but it was put at risk because of a government decision to send patients out of hospitals regardless of the risk of coronavirus infection. ”

Michael Gibson fell ill on March 14 and died on April 3 in the Oxfordshire nursing home where he lived.

Dr. Gardner was able to visit his father the night before his death, but had to say goodbye through a window.

Dr. Cathy Gardner sues UK government for failing to protect older adults during coronavirus pandemic

She added, “It was heartbreaking. This is not how I imagined that his last days would be.

“Although he had Alzheimer’s disease, he still recognized me, I could see the love in his eyes.

“Thanks to the lock, I hadn’t seen him since the end of February and thanks to the virus in the nursing home, I couldn’t hold his hand and give him a smile towards the end.

“I know the caregivers were wonderful and did their best to make it as comfortable as possible.

“But I am extremely angry that rash politics has caused me, and thousands of others, so much anxiety.

“I knew that losing my father would be difficult, losing him under these circumstances is really devastating. ”

Dr. Gardner estimates that the approximately 22,000 people in nursing homes who lost their lives due to Covid-19 have been placed in unnecessary danger.

She said they could have been avoided if the government had acted to protect them, but instead turned their care homes into a “death trap”.

She added, “My lawyers have written to the Secretary of State, NHS England and Public Health England to alert them to their legal duty to protect life.

“My lawyers have asked that they accept responsibility for their illegal conduct which contributed to the death and serious illness of my father, my patients, my health care and my caregivers.

“If the accused defendants refuse to accept responsibility, I will initiate legal proceedings. ”

Dr. Gardner must raise funds to continue his legal action and is currently appealing through the Crowd Justice website.

She added, “Please give all you can to help me carry this case on behalf of the most vulnerable in our society as well as the excellent workers who have been exposed to much greater risk. ”

Anyone interested in helping Dr. Gardner’s fight should visit the Crowd Justice page here.


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