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Pick of our readers’ comments: Imprisoned elderly


Responding to Stefan Emory: Why it’s so cruel to deprive care home residents of their family’s loving touchRoyinsouthwest wrote:

Where are our wonderful human rights lawyers? They are always willing to help oppressed minorities such as criminals, terrorists and millionaires opposed to Brexit. Why aren’t they falling over themselves to help elderly people who are, in effect, imprisoned on the say-so of the government?

If elderly people want visitors they should be allowed to have them. If, because of dementia, they find it difficult to articulate their wishes, their close relatives should do it for them.

The government and their advisers regarded care home residents as dispensable at the start of the epidemic when they discharged elderly patients from hospitals into care homes instead of using some of the Nightingale hospitals as short stay isolation hospitals where the elderly patients could be quarantined for two weeks before going into care homes.

In the United States the Governor of the State of New York, who was being hyped up by the BBC as a future presidential candidate because they claimed that he was trying to unite the country, unlike Trump, said it would be discriminatory for care homes to refuse to accept people infected with Covid-19. As a result New York had a huge death toll in its ‘care’ homes.

It is a bit rich for politicians now to claim that they are protecting the elderly by imprisoning them.

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