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Denise Welch opened up on the loss of her father Vin Welch on GB News on Wednesday as she detailed her views on Covid lockdowns with Dan Wootton. The Loose Women panellist admitted she broke lockdown rules last Christmas to visit her dad and called for the end to “cruel” restrictions.
Denise’s father Vin died in September aged 84 after suffering from pulmonary fibrosis amongst other health battles.
She began: “I’m glad I broke the rules [in 2020] because it turned out it was my last Christmas with my dad.
“It was possibly the most heartbreaking thing I’ve been through in my entire life.
“We can listen to the NHS chiefs and the Government but when you listen to the people on the shop floor and they’re saying there’s hardly any Covid in the hospital…”
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Denise said: “If my sister and I hadn’t been in that hospital with my dad at certain times, he would have died.
“These people are going to die lonely deaths if they don’t see family and friends…
“It is the hill that I will die on. We can’t go on like this, it’s insane.
“The thing with lockdown and the thing I will say to those who seem to be advocating for that.”
“There is no doubt it’s stretched, of course, because of all of the staff shortages,” she added.
“People are having to stay home who aren’t even poorly because they’ve got a positive test.
“Hopefully we can limit that time now because it’s not sustainable to go on like that. The collateral damage of lockdown has been absolutely horrendous.
“If we lockdown I can go home with my husband in my garden and bake a banana bread.”
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“I’ve spoken to people who live in a tenement block in the middle of Newcastle, they have a violent partner, they have three children, they have nothing,” the Loose Women panellist remarked.
“When they have this constant sword of Damocles of we might go into lockdown it is the most terrifying thing.
“We can’t live our lives just constantly propping up the NHS… propping up this absolute disaster of a system.”
Denise continued: “The paramedics, Dan, in the northeast who I speak to said that some nights 70 percent of their callouts are mental health distress calls and we are putting a veil over this.
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“I know it’s not easy, I know it’s difficult but the fact is we can’t live our lives constantly propping up the NHS and I will not be accused of it being our fault or Covid’s fault when I’ve seen it from the inside.
“These NHS wonderful nurses and doctors are propping up this absolute disaster of a system.
“There is no communication between wards, there is no communication between doctors and nurses, there is no communication between doctors and patients.
“My dad was told he had cancer, then he didn’t have cancer, that he was going to have surgery, that he was going home the next day and I was like, ‘Where is the umbrella over this? What is happening here?’ And that was when there wasn’t a lot of Covid in there.”
Tonight Live with Dan Wootton airs on GB News on weekdays at 9pm.
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