COVID: Families to take legal action over deaths of loved ones

By Democrat reporter

Like many people in West Dunbartonshire, Ian Laidlaw lost his mother Margaret in the Covid pandemic.

As a vascular dementia sufferer, she was at high risk from coronavirus.

She was moved to a care home where she caught Covid and died in the space of two weeks.

Ian and his family think the care home were negligent and are now taking legal action.

Robert Gold also lost his father William, and is seeking redress.

Robert said: “I know it sounds cliche but I really want justice. To put not too fine a point on it, the lack of strong management, procedures being followed, led to the direct death of my dad.

“It doesn’t matter if he was 89 or 49 or 69, he was taken away wrongly simply because people didn’t do their job.”

Decisions and policies made by the Scottish Government during the last 18 months are also in the hands of solicitors.

Patrick McGuire from Thompsons Solicitors, pictured right, said: “There’s going to be far more evidence coming out against the Scottish Government and of course the UK Government when that public inquiry arrives.

“But we do already know that certain terrible decisions were made that Scottish Government themselves, the cabinet secretary for health, has apologised for.

“The decision to send people out of hospitals and into care homes when they were positive for the virus, that’s unforgivable. And that’s one of the primary bases upon which we’re looking to see what legal avenues can be pursued against the Scottish Government.”

The First Minister says the actions of her government will be reviewed in a public inquiry.

Nicola Sturgeon said: “I’m not going to comment on any potential legal action, it would be completely inappropriate for me to do that.

“Any individual of course has the right to consider whether their rights have been in any way breached so that they think legal action might be appropriate and people will take their own legal advice.”

One comment

  1. Ach the First Minister says this and says that. All spin and fabrication.

    Sturgeon’s government were at the root of these unnessary deaths. Her government knew what was going on. They were part of the spread for the herd and too bad if a few pensioners die philosophy of Dominic Cummings and Boris Johnson.

    Aye Nicola you’re not going to comment now that legal action is being considered. Another set piece response from the dissembling Ms Sturgeon.

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