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Longer isolation for the elderly is not a punishment, it’s common sense

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25.04.2020

At the moment, the elderly are living under a strict – if difficult to enforce – instruction to stay at home in isolation. That means no contact at all with the outside world, apart from deliveries of food and essentials, along with necessary medical visits. How long will that continue?

This became the centre of heated debate in the UK’s upper chamber of parliament, the House of Lords, on Wednesday. Lord Blunkett, a former senior member of the Labour governments under Tony Blair, tabled a question asking the government whether it had assessed the impact of the policy and what plans it had to change it.

The response from Lord Bethell, a health minister, was non-committal. The government recognised that, although “shielding is for individuals’ own protection, it is an immense undertaking,” adding that the government will “constantly review all social-distancing measures.” Afterwards, Lord Blunkett told the Guardian: “I was very concerned by the government’s refusal to answer my question. Older people must not be subjected to arbitrary incarceration as well as isolation.”

A former pensions minister, Baroness Altmann, also expressed concern: “I have real fears that ministers........

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