Iain Dale gets emotional on GMB during care home discussion
Iain was welcomed onto Good Morning Britain to discuss ITV News UK Editor Paul Brand’s investigation into the toll of lockdown in care homes. He told hosts Kate Garraway and Ben Shephard that nine out of 10 care homes told him “their residents have seen a deterioration in their mental and physical health”. As Iain spoke about the issue, he began crying and apologised for getting so emotional.
Paul’s investigation Care Homes: The Long Year Alone was broadcast on Thursday evening as he followed residents and workers throughout the pandemic.
Touching on the documentary, which involved footage of one resident being pulled away from the window as her family tried to visit, Iain was emotional as he reflected on how tough it would have been.
“Iain one of the stark statistics I saw this week is we are noticing there is a decline in the number of infections, which is positive,” Ben began.
“Unfortunately, there has been a doubling of deaths in care homes in the last two weeks and the cause Paul highlighted so brilliantly last night was how difficult it is for the care home workers, the residents and the families of those residents to be able to live any sort of normality through the pandemic.
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“When you hear a statistic like the deaths have doubled in two weeks, it is really terrifying.”
Iain replied: “Yes and that’s reflected with the death figure more generally.
“You’re right the infection rate has come down but it remains stubbornly high at just under 40,000.
“There hasn’t been a dramatic decline in the past few days on that. I think it’s been 35-40,000 for the last few days.
“One hopes that it will come down. I mean Paul’s film highlights one of the tragedies of the pandemic.
“I was watching it and I was just thinking how I would feel if my parents were still alive and they were in a care home under those circumstances.”
Iain began to tear up as he continue: “That poor lady looking through the window there.
“You can tell, I’m getting slightly emotional just thinking about it. You just can’t comprehend the emotional turmoil people have had to go through over the past year and frankly, are going to have to go through for a good few months yet.”
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Kate added “it’s brutal” seeing families being kept apart as she reflected on not being able to visit her husband Derek Draper who is still in hospital battling coronavirus.
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