HOSPITAL APOLOGISES TO WOMAN WHO WAS UNABLE TO VISIT DYING SON
A hospital has apologised to a woman who was prevented from seeing her dying son in his final weeks.
Ollie Bibby, 27, of South Benfleet in Essex, died of leukaemia on May 5 at University College London Hospital (UCLH). The hospital has pledged to review how it implements national visiting guidance during the pandemic.
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer raised the case at Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday, noting that Mr Bibby died the day before CCTV footage captured then-health secretary Matt Hancock breaching social distancing rules in an embrace with aide Gina Coladangelo.
Mr Bibby’s family and friends were unable to spend time with him and when he was in hospital he begged to see his family, Mr Starmer told the Commons. He said they followed the rules and only one member of his family was allowed to see him.
Mr Bibby’s mother, Penny Bibby, said: “I’m livid. We did everything we were told to do and the man who made the rules didn’t. How can that be right?”
In his response, Prime Minister Boris Johnson referred to Mr Hancock’s resignation as a “Westminster bubble” issue.