MPs call for Covid ban on care home visits in England to be made illegal

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Matt Hancock urged to allow visits as relatives say blanket coronavirus rule is causing deaths

A parliamentary human rights committee has called on ministers to legislate against blanket bans on care home visits in England that relatives claim are causing deaths through loneliness and isolation.

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Harriet Harman, the chair of the cross-party joint human rights committee of MPs and peers, has asked the health secretary, Matt Hancock, to require care homes to allow face-to-face visits – including without screens – unless an individual safety assessment judges it unsafe.

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