Families of care home residents who died from COVID-19 are suing Health and Social Care Secretary, Matt Hancock.
Fay Harris is among the family members suing the government over the coronavirus outbreak, which has claimed the lives of 20,000 care home residents in England and Wales.
Fay’s father, Don Harris, was one of up to 24 residents who died from coronavirus at a care home in Hampshire, The Sunday Times reported.
“Physically my dad was fit, and he was well,” Fay said. “He always had a smile on his face. When we left him he was mobile. He was strong and he was a fighter.
“He had Alzheimer’s and had had care problems but he came through them all. He should not have died, he should have been on that birthday trip.”
Cathy Gardner, whose father died in an Oxfordshire care home on 3 April, is also part of the legal action.
The claims accuse the government of breaching the European Convention on Human Rights, National Health Service Act 2006 and the Equalities Act, and highlight PHE guidance that was withdrawn in March stating it was “very unlikely that anyone receiving care in a care home or the community will become infected” by the pandemic.
The Department of Health and Social Care said it did not comment on ongoing legal proceedings.