The Loose Women star’s father Vin died in September of pneumonia on the age of 84. He had suffered from numerous well being points, together with pulmonary fibrosis.
Appearing on GB News on Wednesday (5 January), Welch revealed that she had seen her father for his last Christmas in December 2020, regardless of there being a strict ban on assembly different households indoors.
“My dad died in September, he took ill last Christmas day… I’m glad I broke the rules because it turned out it was my dad’s last Christmas,” Welch advised Dan Wootton. “Had I not driven with a dry mouth up the motorway, breaking the law, thinking I might be arrested, I wouldn’t have spent my last Christmas with my dad.
“We weren’t able to visit quite a lot of the time and it was possibly the most heartbreaking thing that I have ever been through in my entire life.”
At the time, the TV presenter had referred to as for the tip to “cruel” restrictions surrounding care properties and medical amenities.
Welch mentioned that individuals who criticised the NHS have been considered as “akin to a murderer”, however that folks would die “lonely deaths” if not allowed to see their family members.
“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… if my sister and I hadn’t been in that hospital with my dad at certain times, he would have died,” she mentioned.
“It is the hill that I will die on. We can’t go on like this, it’s insane. The collateral damage of Covid has been absolutely horrendous. We can’t live our lives just constantly propping up the NHS… propping up this absolute disaster of a system.”
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Earlier this week, prime minister Boris Johnson mentioned that the UK would be sticking to current Plan B measures and that no new restrictions can be launched.
However, as each day confirmed infections topped 200,000 for first time, Johnson mentioned the NHS was being placed on “war footing” and would quickly really feel overwhelmed throughout a really tough interval.