Christopher Whiteside MBE is Conservative County Councillor for the Egremont North and St Bees Division of Cumbria County Council. The division includes St Bees, Bigrigg, Wood End, Moor Row, part of the Mirehouse area of Whitehaven, and surrounding countryside.
He is also deputy chair (political and campaigning) of the North-West region of the voluntary wing of the Conservative party.
Chris lives and works in Copeland with his wife and family.
Friday, November 13, 2020
This week, the Minister for Care announced that the government will begin trialling mass testing in a number of care homes from Monday, in the hope of allowing families to be together with their loved ones.
We all know how difficult it has been for families and friends who haven’t been able to see their loved ones during the pandemic.
Last week, the government published new and updated guidance on how care homes care safely allow visits while national restrictions are in place, From Monday, testing pilots will begin at 30 care homes, to allow specific family and friends to undertake indoor visits to residents.
Our priority must be to protect care home staff and residents, but it is important for the health and wellbeing that residents can safely meet loved ones. We can all hope that these pilot tests will bring forward the day when that is possible.