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Hospitals releasing Covid positive cases home

March 8, 2021 9:30 PM

Dear All,

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Ringing residents during lockdown has been really rewarding and useful. But at times it has been shocking. Recently I found an 80-year-old lady had her Covid positive husband released to come home from hospital (and her daughter - a teacher - had then been forced to isolate). I was appalled. Talking to my fellow Councillors it became clear this was happening across South Shropshire. Positive cases are being released to homes with vulnerable people living there - diabetics, the elderly, and also NHS workers and other essential workers. Why?

When I asked questions behind the scenes - I was fobbed off. This really is not good enough. That's when I went to Radio Shropshire and Midlands Today TV recently. Since the clip on TV many other people have contacted me with similar and often sad cases. As I write this the BBC are now investigating and I hope that we can stop this practice and protect our key workers and communities.

The Hospital Trust is now investigating too. The answer will be interesting.

Please let me know if you have had any similar experiences.

Best wishes

Heather