Devastated son blames UK government for dad’s care home death in tragic ITV doc

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A devastated British man says he blames the UK government for the death of his father in a care home.

The new documentary Outbreak: The Virus That Shook The World tackles the initial outbreak of the coronavirus in Wuhan, China and also the response of Western countries to the crisis, including that of the UK government under Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

One moving segment sees a British man named Charlie Williams detail his tragic experience losing his father last year during the pandemic.

He said: "The government at the time were telling us you know, we’ll be okay you know, we’re British, we've got the NHS, they're ready for this and we’ll be okay.

"My father was in a care home at the time. And it didn't really strike me that my father would be at risk. If anything, I thought my father would be probably even more safer in his care home. But as we know, things spiralled very much out of control."

Charlie Williams with his late father before his death from Covid-19 last year
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Charlie described what his father was like and showed off family footage of his dad

A nostalgic Charlie said: "My father was very happy go lucky. Never walked past anyone without saying hello. Came over as part of the Windrush generation. My father was a manager of a plastics firm. And this was one of their events that they done."

Charlie then details what happened in April as Public Health England issued guidance for care homes taking in patients, with negative Covid-19 test results not being needed for admittance.

By this time, Charlie's father was ill and Charlie himself was concerned about the impact of the pandemic on the care home where his father was.

Charlie shared family photos of his father (right) in the ITV documentary Outbreak: The Virus That Shook the World
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Charlie spoke about the UK government's decision to release hospital patients with Covid into care home
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He detailed: "I asked the care home – is there anyone with Covid-19 in my father’s care home? And they said no but they've transformed the first floor into an isolation unit and they're receiving patients from a local hospital to come to their care home to isolate for 14 days.

"Well, of course, we were absolutely shocked. I knew one of the staff members, there. And she said she's scared for her life basically.

"Um, cause they didn't have no PPE and they're cross contaminating, mixing the isolation staff and the regular staff, which, you know, I was just totally shocked by."

A doctor later revealed that if his father died in the night that his death would be registered as "Bronchopneumonia and suspected Covid-19" due to the symptoms displayed and the fact there were patients in the care home with th virus.

Charlie's father passed away and tested positive for Covid-19 in his post-mortem
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Charlie spoke of his upset at his father's death and how he blamed the UK government
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"That was the first time I had concrete, confirmation that there are in fact Covid-19 patients in my father’s care home, said Charlie. "Just knocked me off my feet, I couldn't believe what she told me."

Charlie's father died soon after. Despite having not been able to access a Covid-19 test while he was alive, his post-mortem showed he had been infected.

The decision to release Covid patients from NHS hospitals into the care homes by the UK government was slammed by Charlie.

He said: "It was complete neglect by this government of the highest order.

"It's devastating to lose my father under these circumstances. If it wasn't for you know these, absolutely shameless orders from our government to introduce the patients into his care home, my father would still be alive today."

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson has led the UK government through the Covid-19 pandemic
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The documentary voice-over then reveals what the care home said of the case: "The care home says it followed all Covid guidance and the isolation unit was set up for residents who developed Covid symptoms, not for recovering hospital patients.

"It says all steps were taken to avoid cross-infection, and families were notified about the possibility of Covid in the home, following the GP’s visit."

*Outbreak: The Virus That Shook The World airs tonight on ITV at 9pm.