Medici director, Mark Ellison, was recently quoted in the Daily Mail in reference to the difficulty in getting care home staff and residents tested. Read below for an excerpt of the article.
“Mark Ellison, who owns Temple Grove Care Home in East Sussex, said he has had no luck getting his staff and 65 residents tested.
He said: ‘Our nearest test centre is in Gatwick so it is an hour-and-a-half round trip. Carers are on minimum wage and don’t have their own cars – and even if they do, if they’re feeling ill an hour-and-a-half journey is not feasible.
‘The Government clearly hasn’t thought this through. There’s a complete variance between what the Government is saying and what’s happening.’ He has also been unable to get tests for residents through the post.
Mr Ellison, 46, said the NHS had used ‘emotionally bullying tactics’ to try to pressure him into taking hospital patients who had not been tested for coronavirus.
He said: ‘They told me I was not doing my bit for the country, that I was letting people down, it really was as strong as that.”