Good Morning Wednesfield! – This is Friday 10th April

Good Morning Wednesfield! This is Friday 10th April and it’s the run -up to the Easter Week End, and the message that is being given, “Stay at Home and Save Lives”, is an important one. Stay Safe Wednesfield!

Hundreds of care home deaths ignored in official toll-
The Guardian reports that hundreds of people are believed to be dying of the coronavirus in care homes across the country without being included in official statistics. More than 120 residents in homes operated by MHA, the UK’s largest charitable care home provider, are now thought to have died from the virus over the last three weeks, and industry body Care England has estimated that the true death toll is likely to be close to 1,000 – while the official toll is just 20 deaths in care homes in the week to March 27. Care industry leaders and the Alzheimer’s Society have said they believe the virus is now active in half of care settings, far higher than the 9% estimate given by Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty on Tuesday. Hove MP Peter Kyle has said that by only counting deaths in hospital, ministers “are sweeping the deaths of older people in care homes under the carpet,” adding that if “social care was a priority that matched other sectors, the government would be counting and acting.” Elsewhere, the Telegraph reports on claims by Care England chief executive Prof Martin Green that elderly residents are suffering due to “ageist” behaviour, with GPs telling care homes that they will neither visit in person or send residents to hospital if they are suspected of having the coronavirus. Councillor Phil Bateman added –“If this is any way true, then it will become a scandal. If you have any comments on this please let me know.”

Linthouse Lane
In the mean-time this is what is taking place. I have warned about Severn Trent Water company and its work on Linthouse Lane to mend a water leak.
On the 8th April received news from our Benefits and COVID-19 helpline, which has received over 162 contacts (phone calls and emails) since its launch on the 27 March. This helpline is being operated by our Welfare Rights Officers as part of our work in our wider Adult Social Care priority. The helpline received 22 contacts yesterday, and continues to provide practical help and advice to any resident suffering financial hardship as a result of the pandemic. Residents can reach this service by emailing

Latest news from the Food Distribution Hub
7 April – 493 deliveries to the doorsteps of vulnerable residents were completed, including 1 urgent delivery that came through on the emergency hotline. Following the training session held earlier this week, we now have 211 trained personnel. The facility is still able to deliver packages the following working day after residents have been added to the distribution list. Deliveries over this weekend will include hot cross buns and some Easter chocolate, which we hope will bring a bit of Easter cheer.

Phil Bateman

Phil Bateman is Married to Mary and lives in Wednesfield North. He was a long serving local politician having served previously on the now defunct West Midlands County Council... read more