Families Walk Towards # 10 To Request A Covid-19 Investigation And “Where Boris Is Hiding”

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Grieving families representing 1,200 coronavirus victims walked down Downing Street on Saturday to say to Boris Johnson, “You can’t keep running from us.”They accused Prime Minister and Secretary of Health Matt Hancock of ignoring their request for a public inquiry into the government’s management of the pandemic.

Over 150,000 people supported a petition from the Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice UK group calling for an immediate investigation.

However, they have still not received a response from Mr. Johnson and his team despite the filing of their formal request a month ago.

Group members held framed photos of their loved ones at the iron gates protecting Boris’ residence.



Jade lost father two weeks after 65th birthday

The group’s co-founder, Jo Goodman, 32, who lost his father Stuart, 72, on April 2, accused the government of speaking to them.

Jo from Norwich said, “It’s been a month since we sent out our formal request for an investigation and since then we’ve been cleared.

“The Prime Minister did not even grant us the decency of personal recognition, much less responded to our requests for a meeting.

“So we thought if he didn’t come to us, we would go to him.

“We will not let the deaths of our loved ones be in vain. And we will not allow the government to risk a second wave of death without learning from its mistakes.



Jo Goodman, pictured with dad Stuart, accused the government of his words

Jo, an independent project manager, added: “It is incredible that the government considers it acceptable to effectively mask hundreds of bereaved families and does not even have the decency to give us an appropriate response.

“We call on the Prime Minister and the Secretary of Health to meet with us to discuss our concerns and the way forward for the United Kingdom.”

The group, made up of hundreds of families who believe that the death of their loved ones could be avoided, wants to see an immediate investigation of limited scope that will expose all the flaws and provide valuable lessons for any second wave.

A further 148 deaths in the UK were reported yesterday, bringing the death toll to 44,798. About 20,000 people were housed in England and Wales and 2,000 in Scotland.

The Sunday People first warned of the nursing home time bomb on April 5 – weeks before the other newspapers.

We have predicted with precision that the spread of Covid-19 in residential seniors’ areas will result in widespread loss of life. Now the Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice group wants to see life and death issues explored – such as PPE shortages and not locking them in until March 23.

The Ombudsman for Health Services, Amnesty International and the presidents of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons, Nurses, Physicians and General Practitioners supported the growing calls for review.



Boris Johnson is under pressure to launch an investigation into how the government treated Covid-19

But the Conservatives have repeatedly dismissed the appeals.

Group members include Hannah Brady, 24, and her sister Tasha, 22, who lost their father Shaun, 55.

Factory worker Heinz, of Wigan, Lancs, was in good shape and healthy before being suddenly struck down by the coronavirus in April.

Her family believes they caught the virus eight days before the lockdown in March by using public transit to get to work.

Hannah, a legal office worker, said, “We are not just looking for excuses for the death of my father. We want the government to accept its failures so that the same catastrophic mistakes do not happen again in the future.

“There are going to be second, third, fourth waves of coronavirus until there is a vaccine and the same mistakes can no longer be made.

“I know we tend to make fun of political events. But it’s different. It’s 44,000 dead and it counts. But the only joke here is the government’s terrible response. ”

A government spokesperson said, “This is an unprecedented global epidemic and every death from the virus is a tragedy.

“The government has acted to protect lives, income and the most vulnerable in our society. In the future, we will have the opportunity to look back and learn deep lessons.

“But for now, the most important thing to do is to focus on responding to the current situation. “

Jean Adamson for his father Aldrick



Jean said government mismanaged Covid-19 from the start

At noon on April 13, Jean Adamson learned that his father, Aldrick, 98, was seated, singing hymns in bed at the Whipps Cross Hospital.

The grandfather of four had been taken there after falling ill at the Sherrell House Health Center in Chigwell, Essex

But within 12 hours – just after 1:00 am the next day – she received a call to tell her that Covid-19 had ravaged his body and that he had died.

CQC consultant Jean from Woodford Green in east London said, “I wanted to say goodbye but I couldn’t. Instead, we had a zoom call with my family and we prayed for my father. ”

Aldrick, known as Cleo by his family, was a member of the Windrush generation who arrived in the United Kingdom from Barbados in 1956 before working as a guard on the Metropolitan Line of London for 10 years.

Jean said, “I want justice to be done to my father. He was in a place where he should have been kept safe, where he should have been protected. I am angry with the government because I think it mismanaged it from the start. “

Ellis Tustin for grandfather Berrice



Ellis Tustin, Berrice Moore’s grandson

Actor Ellis Tustin, 25, formed the campaign group Names Not Numbers after his grandfather Berrice Moore, 88, died of Covid-19 in Worcestershire hospital.

Ellis, who now lives in Fulham, south-west London, said: “He had been in a care home for a few years and he was taken to hospital for a water infection and it was at that time that he was diagnosed with Covid-19.

“He died on Easter Sunday after a week in hospital and I am angry with the way the government has handled the pandemic.

“I think of it like that. If you are a firefighter and a building burns, you are not responsible for the fire, but if you do not sort it, you are responsible.

“I want them to be held accountable, they should be prosecuted. Boris Johnson, Matt Hancock, everyone who was in a meeting and knew that people were going to die and they did nothing.

“We are fighting for families. We have seen politicians stand in front of cameras and announce the deaths of hundreds of people. Matt Hancock stood there and pretended to care, but they were people, not just numbers. “

Becky Kummer for her father Peter



Becky Kummer holds a photo of her father Peter

Becky’s father Peter Owen, 77, of north London, died on April 11 in hospital.

Becky, 41, said her family decided not to have a funeral and cremated Peter without ceremony due to lock-in restrictions.

She said, “So many deaths could have been avoided if the government had acted differently and more quickly in February and March.

“The worst experience of my life was knowing that my father died in a hospital not far from my home, and that I couldn’t be with him to say goodbye or comfort him when he died.”

Becky said Peter would not have caught Covid-19 in the community if the lockout had started earlier and his treatment had been delayed due to a misdiagnosis via NHS 111.

She said, “We are haunted that we were able to get help sooner for him, maybe even prevent his death.”

She added: “What my family and thousands of others have gone through is unimaginable and the victims are not statistics, they are our loved ones and they deserve justice. “

Jade Foster-Jerrett for his father Larry



Jade Foster-Jerrett, her friend Kate Howard with a photo of dad Larry

Jade Foster-Jerrett, 37, lost his father Larry on April 1 – two weeks after his 65th birthday.

The last time she saw him was a party with him and mom Mandy, 61, on March 16.

If the lockup had started earlier, Jade thinks his father would not have caught a coronavirus.

Larry, of Romford, Essex, and his 38-year-old wife were admitted to hospital after both developed symptoms.

They had called an ambulance a week earlier, but the crew did not take them to the hospital.

Mandy was then treated in a ward while Larry was confined to intensive care.

They remained separate until Larry, a DJ, died on April 1.

Jade said, “I don’t know if he was alone, I don’t know if the nurse was with him. I last saw him on his birthday, and that was it. I heard him hiss on the phone and I have never heard anything like this before. ”

She added, “I am part of the campaign because I think we need to be heard. It’s not good. There are many things that need to be looked at – not just our history, but nursing homes and elsewhere.

“The government has completely neglected everyone. We are all in the same boat but with different circumstances. It’s disgusting. “

Cleo Burgon for his father Martin



Cléo’s father died in hospital after two weeks on a ventilator

Cleo Burgon’s father Martin, from Dulwich, south London, was reportedly 72 years old on July 23, but died in hospital after two weeks on ventilation on April 24.

Cleo, 33, said she believed her death would have been averted if the country had been locked earlier.

She said that Martin had caught Covid-19 on a trip to Sainsbury’s – something he would have avoided while locked out, because his heart condition meant he would have been safe.

She said, “We were among the lucky ones because we were able to speak to him just before he was put on a fan.

“I don’t know why we didn’t close earlier.

“Boris Johnson was going around shaking hands with people in early March.

“How the hell can he start blaming nursing homes for what is wrong during this pandemic?” “

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