Piers Morgan reveals elderly relative and pal's mum died in care homes as he slams lack of coronavirus protection

PIERS Morgan revealed this morning that an elderly relative and a pal's mum have died in care homes as during the coronavirus outbreak as he slammed the lack of staff's equipment.

The Good Morning Britain host blasted officials for treating the elderly in care homes and their staff as "secondary" to NHS frontline workers.

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Piers fumed that the lack of testing and protective equipment for care homes as he shared his own heartbreaking personal anecdote.

The 55-year-old said: "I've got personal experience of two cases. One very good friend of mine, his mum died in a care home last weekend.

"And then this weekend I had a family member, an elderly man who died in a home, who never spent a day away from his wife in his life and she was unable to be with him in the last several weeks of his life.

"And now they have to plan for the funerals where most people won't be able to attend and say goodbye to people after wonder lives well lived."

Piers added: "And I look at this and I'm sorry I don't understand why they are being shuffled away as secondary when it comes to the PPE, when it comes to ventilators, when it comes to recording of their deaths from coronavirus and also as a question of government accountability."

Piers brought up the issue of the lack of PPE as well as how the true figure of deaths in care homes is not being counted in national figures.

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It is feared there are more than 1,000 coronavirus deaths in care homes in England alone – but they are not counted in the official figures.

One nursing home in Essex is understood to have lost 13 residents to coronavirus.

And last night it was confirmed 12 people died at Stanley Park Care Home in County Durham from coronavirus symptoms.

Piers also said: "These, the deaths that are happening we know from little pocket stories that this is a massive escalating crisis in care homes.

"Because the care health workers have nothing like the PPE that frontline NHS people will be having. So they're in this warzone of their own, which I think is largely being ignored frankly."

His comments come after it was reported deliveries of life-saving PPE to frontline NHS staff are being delayed by Chinese red tape and kits failing safety checks.

Some boxes containing much needed protective gowns are filled with masks instead.

Crates airlifted to the UK are being removed from planes before take-off while other boxes are wrongly labelled, it is claimed.

Earlier in the programme, Piers asked Dr Hilary Jones why we didn't have the right figures when it came to care homes.

Dr Hilary explained how it came down to the testing and that the "critically ill" in hospital and the staff taking care of them were the priority and as more tests become available it would be expanded to care homes.

Piers replied: "I have a real problem with that Hillary. Why is somehow our care workers and care home secondary to the NHS frontline.

"They are on the NHS frontline as far as I'm concerned. And why are the elderly and people with underlying health conditions somehow deemed to be 'oh that's okay'.

"This kind of attitude that I hear a lot is well you know if it's going to be anyone it might as well be the elderly and it's like sorry these people have lives, and often very well led lives."

More than 120 residents of Britain's largest charitable provider of care homes are believed to have died from Covid-19 in the last three weeks, while another network of care homes is reported to have recorded 88 deaths.

Care England, the industry body, estimated the death toll is likely to be close to 1,000, the Guardian reported.

The Office for National Statistics said this week that 20 people died in care homes across the whole of England and Wales in the week to March 27.

A lack of testing means experts don't know how many residents and workers have been infected with the deadly virus.

Professor Martin Green, the chief executive of Care UK, which represents the largest care providers, said: "We are seeing under reporting of the number of deaths. Deaths might not be in the thousands yet, but it is coming up to that level."


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