Daughters of 68-year-old grandmother who died from Covid-19 in a care home say their mum's death could have been avoided
The daughters of 68-year-old Susan Marston, who died from coronavirus symptoms in a care home, have said that her death could have been avoided if the government had acted sooner to protect care homes from coronavirus.
Grandmother Susan lived in a specialist home in Manchester after being diagnosed with Huntington's Disease seven years ago.
Susan contracted coronavirus after another patient returned to the home after testing positive for coronavirus in hospital.
Speaking to Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid, daughter Ruth Binsley said: "The hard thing is that when you lose somebody you love, if you feel like there’s nothing anybody could have done to prevent the death, you can start the grieving process. I think for both of us, that sense that we know that Mum wasn’t close to death, she shouldn’t have died now, she wasn’t frail, she wasn’t unwell. She was disabled, but she wasn’t unwell and she shouldn’t have died.
"There’s things the government should have done that they didn’t do that could have prevented her contracting Covid. I’m just at a loss as to why they didn’t have a plan. I know that the home and a lot of the staff in the home felt like they were at the bottom of the pile, they weren’t getting instructions, they were often having to ring Public Health England to get information about what they should be doing. That’s the hardest thing is feeling angry," she added.
Criticising the government's response to the crisis during the coronavirus pandemic, Ruth's sister Sarah said: "We’re so angry. We feel completely let down by the system. There was never any shielding there for care homes. They were the bottom of the pile for this crisis. Nobody ever put any plans in place for the care homes and we feel not only desperately sad for the loss of our mother, but we feel so angry that this wasn’t her time. She should not have died. If the right shielding was put in place, our mother would not have died from this virus.”
During the segment, a video of members of parliament defending their actions appeared on screen.
Michael Gove said: “People are only released from hospital if the clinical judgement is it’s better for them to be in a different setting. The number of people who have been discharged and into care homes has been declining throughout this pandemic and it’s also 40 per cent less than it is this time last year,."
Health Secretary Matt Hancock added: “Right from the start, we’ve tried to throw a protective ring around our care homes. We set out our first advice in February, and as the virus grew, we strengthened it throughout. We’ve made sure care homes have the resources they need to control the spread of infection."