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Grieving kinfolk demand inquiry after family members have been wrongly licensed as virus victims

Grieving kinfolk demand inquiry after family members have been wrongly licensed as virus victims

Grieving households final night time stated deaths had been wrongly licensed as Covid-19.

Demanding an inquiry, prime medical consultants and MPs additionally insisted they had been ‘sure’ that too many fatalities had been being blamed on the virus.

One funeral director stated it was ‘a nationwide scandal’. The claims are a part of a Day by day Mail investigation that raises critical questions over the spiralling demise toll.

Greater than 100 readers wrote heartbreaking letters following a transferring article by Bel Mooney final Saturday. She revealed the demise of her 99-year-old father, who suffered from dementia and persistent obstructive pulmonary illness, was recorded as coronavirus.

Grieving kinfolk demand inquiry after family members have been wrongly licensed as virus victims

Layla Moran (pictured) , the Liberal Democrat MP who chairs the all-party parliamentary group on coronavirus, stated: ‘The Authorities ought to name a public inquiry into the dealing with of the pandemic instantly with an interim investigation into all Covid deaths that ought to report as quickly as doable’

Dozens expressed related frustrations that the causes of demise of aged and already-unwell kinfolk had been wrongly attributed. Eight of the households who wrote to the Day by day Mail have efficiently urged medical doctors to alter causes of demise beforehand recorded as Covid-19.

Layla Moran, the Liberal Democrat MP who chairs the all-party parliamentary group on coronavirus, stated: ‘The Authorities ought to name a public inquiry into the dealing with of the pandemic instantly with an interim investigation into all Covid deaths that ought to report as quickly as doable.’

Tory MP Paul Bristow, a member of the Commons well being committee, stated: ‘It’s virtually sure that various deaths have been wrongly attributed to Covid-19.

‘Not solely has this skewed figures when knowledge has been so necessary in deciding how we reply to the pandemic, it has prompted misery and anxiousness for kinfolk.

‘Whether or not we have now acquired probably the most acceptable figures ought to undoubtedly be thought of in any future inquiry.’

Grieving kinfolk demand inquiry after family members have been wrongly licensed as virus victims

Grieving kinfolk demand inquiry after family members have been wrongly licensed as virus victims

Tory MP Paul Bristow (pictured), a member of the Commons well being committee, stated: ‘It’s virtually sure that various deaths have been wrongly attributed to Covid-19′

A funeral director within the North West informed the Mail: ‘The way in which Covid has been recorded and reported is a nationwide scandal and an intensive enquiry needs to be opened instantly.’

Medical consultants have cited strain on medical doctors to incorporate Covid-19 as a reason behind demise as a result of it was final yr dominated a ‘notifiable illness’, which means any case must be reported formally.

Professor Clare Gerada, former chairman of the Royal Faculty of GPs, stated: ‘When this all comes out within the wash, we’ll discover out we have now over-recorded Covid-19 as a reason behind demise.’

Richard Vautrey, who chairs the British Medical Affiliation’s GP committee, stated the toll might have been overstated at first of the pandemic when testing was not extensively obtainable and ‘reason behind demise would have been based mostly on greatest judgement of medical signs’.

A Division of Well being spokesman stated: ‘We’re assured the demise statistics are strong and supply an correct image of those that have sadly died from the virus. The steerage to medical doctors finishing a medical certificates of reason behind demise explains they’re anticipated to state reason behind demise to one of the best of their medical data and perception.’

Grieving kinfolk demand inquiry after family members have been wrongly licensed as virus victims

Grieving kinfolk demand inquiry after family members have been wrongly licensed as virus victims

Richard Vautrey (pictured), who chairs the British Medical Affiliation’s GP committee, stated the toll might have been overstated at first of the pandemic when testing was not extensively obtainable and ‘reason behind demise would have been based mostly on greatest judgement of medical signs’

After the Mail’s BEL MOONEY revealed her father was wrongly licensed as dying of coronavirus, an avalanche of responses present she is way from alone 

Particular investigation by Paul Bracchi and Arthur Martin for the Day by day Mail

There are three issues you need to find out about the previous few weeks of Jessie Wylde’s life.

The primary is that she had dementia and persistent obstructive pulmonary illness (COPD), a lung situation that causes extreme respiration difficulties; the second is that she was a resident at Aldergrove Manor care dwelling in Wolverhampton; and the third, that on the time Jessie, 83, was a resident at Aldergrove, at the least, there have been no confirmed circumstances of Covid.

She was transferred there at first of final yr from the excessive dependency unit on the metropolis’s New Cross Hospital, the place she was being handled for respiratory issues.

On April 26, round three months after leaving hospital, Jessie died.

Shortly earlier than her demise, a health care provider at Aldergrove assessed her and confirmed that she had COPD.

Grieving kinfolk demand inquiry after family members have been wrongly licensed as virus victims

Grieving kinfolk demand inquiry after family members have been wrongly licensed as virus victims

Greater than 100 readers wrote heartbreaking letters following a transferring article by Bel Mooney (proper) final Saturday. She revealed the demise of her 99-year-old father (pictured), who suffered from dementia and persistent obstructive pulmonary illness, was recorded as coronavirus

But regardless of being given such a analysis, regardless of the absence of an outbreak of Covid in Aldergrove and regardless of not testing optimistic for Covid herself, the reason for Jessie’s demise was registered as Covid.

The revelation compounded her household’s grief.

‘I informed the registrar that I might not settle for this,’ her son Gary stated after we spoke to him this week. ‘I stated, “I’ll by no means, ever permit the reason for my mom’s demise to be registered as Covid”.’

The one that made that call was an on-call physician.

When he came upon, Mr Wylde, 59, the managing director of a home windows agency, contacted Aldergrove’s common physician, who knew Jessie.

‘The physician defined to me that within the absence of a check, medical doctors are inspired to place down Covid on demise certificates,’ he stated. ‘However he agreed that my mom was affected by COPD and extreme dementia, and he additionally agreed to get the demise certificates modified. This solely occurred as a result of I challenged it.’

Jessie, who separated from her husband when her 5 youngsters had been grown up, was a lot beloved. She went on to develop into a grandmother of 9 and a great-grandmother of 16, which gave her a lot pleasure in later life.

Grieving kinfolk demand inquiry after family members have been wrongly licensed as virus victims

Grieving kinfolk demand inquiry after family members have been wrongly licensed as virus victims

Jess Wylde, who died in April 2020, pictured as a bridesmaid as an adolescent

‘I didn’t need my mom to develop into simply one other statistic,’ defined Mr Wylde. ‘The least she deserved was to have the fitting data included on her demise certificates.’

Her certificates now says that the reason for demise was persistent pulmonary illness (COPD) and dementia.

The phrase ‘Covid’ was eliminated.

The Wylde household will not be alone; folks nationwide, we now know, who’ve suffered bereavements throughout the pandemic have had an identical expertise.

Their alarming testimonies have been forwarded to this newspaper following Bel Mooney’s transferring account, in final Saturday’s Mail, of the demise of her 99-year-old father within the early hours of February 9. He had handed three Covid checks however was nonetheless classed as one in all Britain’s 120,000 Covid victims. When Bel questioned this, the care dwelling physician, she says, defined it was as a result of there had been Covid fatalities on the identical dementia ground.

Greater than 100 households contacted us within the aftermath of Bel’s report and, on the time of writing, letters had been nonetheless coming in:

‘Pricey Bel, I’m writing to let you already know that I had precisely the identical expertise when my mom sadly handed away’ . . . ‘Pricey Bel, the identical factor occurred to my dad’ . . . ‘Pricey Bel, I had the identical issues when my darling spouse handed away.’

Among the many ‘postbag’ had been eight households, together with the Wyldes, who managed to get the demise certificates or a health care provider’s medical certificates reason behind demise (MCCD) — containing the knowledge wanted to register a demise — modified as a result of they refused to simply accept {that a} beloved one had died from Covid and challenged the medical analysis.

Others stated that they had not pursued such a plan of action as a result of they didn’t need to exacerbate the grieving course of.

Widespread sense tells us that these can’t be the one examples. However why is that this occurring? The explanations, are — as we will clarify — as advanced because the pandemic itself. Over-stretched medical doctors, anxious to do the fitting factor in an unprecedented state of affairs the place the recording of incidents of Covid is a authorized requirement, would account for probably the most.

Additionally, in fact, there’s human error, medical doctors’ questionable judgement and presumably these drawn in the direction of the simplest and most handy path when confronted with inconceivable workloads.

Grieving kinfolk demand inquiry after family members have been wrongly licensed as virus victims

Grieving kinfolk demand inquiry after family members have been wrongly licensed as virus victims

There are three issues you need to find out about the previous few weeks of Jessie Wylde’s (pictured) life. The primary is that she had dementia and persistent obstructive pulmonary illness (COPD), a lung situation that causes extreme respiration difficulties; the second is that she was a resident at Aldergrove Manor care dwelling in Wolverhampton; and the third, that on the time Jessie, 83, was a resident at Aldergrove, at the least, there have been no confirmed circumstances of Covid

However let’s make one factor completely clear: it’s nonsense to counsel, as conspiracy theorists and virus deniers would have you ever consider, that medical doctors en masse are intentionally falsifying certificates to magnify the variety of Covid deaths to justify behavioural and journey restrictions; in different phrases, that this all a part of some authorities plot.

That stated, the proof that some deaths are being wrongly attributed to Covid, like for instance, Jessie Wylde, is compelling.

So too are the accounts of households with aged kinfolk who had been already receiving finish of life care affected by, say, COPD, coronary heart illness or most cancers, after they contracted the virus; that they had the virus, in different phrases, however, within the eyes of their households, they didn’t die from Covid however had been nonetheless labeled as Covid deaths.

In households throughout the nation this alone has prompted untold anguish, if the response to Bel Mooney’s article is something to go by; for a lot of households, rightly or wrongly, Covid is seen as a stigma — a ‘plague’ as Bel places it — which has exacerbated their grief.

That is the hidden story behind the statistics; what the individuals who have been writing to the Mail of their droves over the previous week are telling us.

It’s why distinguished retired pathologist John Lee believes that he can ‘consider no time in my medical profession when it has been extra necessary to have correct analysis of a illness and an understanding of exactly why sufferers have died of it.’

Grieving kinfolk demand inquiry after family members have been wrongly licensed as virus victims

Grieving kinfolk demand inquiry after family members have been wrongly licensed as virus victims

Bel Mooney’s father Edward was wrongly licensed as having died from coronavirus

There is no such thing as a accepted worldwide customary of the way you measure Covid deaths; making an attempt to rank totally different nations to resolve which is the worst in Europe is, to cite one main statistician, a ‘fully fatuous train’.

In Britain, there are two parallel reporting strategies; two totally different sources of statistics.

One set compiled by Public Well being England (PHE) data the variety of deaths of people that died inside 28 days of a optimistic check end result, which doesn’t imply the particular person died of Covid — though it’s seemingly they did — simply that they died following a optimistic check.

These are the figures collated on the federal government’s Covid-19 dashboard — a manner of maintaining the general public knowledgeable every day — which seem nightly on the TV information.

Probably the most complete figures, and those trusted by the medical institution, are these printed each week by the ONS (Workplace for Nationwide Statistics). They replicate what medical doctors answerable for a affected person of their last sickness write on demise certificates to the ‘better of [their] data and perception’ whether or not the deceased has examined optimistic for Covid or not. One motive for this wording is that some research have discovered that one in 5 swabs might give false negatives; so every thing is determined by the physician.

It’s the space which is inflicting probably the most controversy, particularly in care houses, which account for 1 / 4 of all Covid deaths.

One of many causes is as a result of the principles surrounding certifying a demise have been relaxed throughout the pandemic.

Up to now, the certifying physician wanted to be treating the affected person or know them and have seen them lately. However throughout this emergency interval, when medical doctors are below rising strain — or self-isolating — there isn’t any requirement for them to have examined the affected person. A video-link session within the 4 weeks previous to demise (prolonged from 14 days) is now enough for a demise to be attributed to Covid.

It was an on-call physician, not the common care dwelling physician, keep in mind, who stated Jessie Wylde died from Covid, a medical determination which her household efficiently challenged by having her demise certificates modified.

‘Medical doctors on this state of affairs typically neither have the time or the required back-up to achieve the fitting conclusion,’ stated Day by day Mail columnist Dr Martin Scurr, a former GP and marketing consultant in palliative care.

Grieving kinfolk demand inquiry after family members have been wrongly licensed as virus victims

Grieving kinfolk demand inquiry after family members have been wrongly licensed as virus victims

Grieving kinfolk demand inquiry after family members have been wrongly licensed as virus victims

Grieving kinfolk demand inquiry after family members have been wrongly licensed as virus victims

‘They usually need to depend on the reviews of care dwelling workers, a lot of whom should not have formal medical coaching. Inevitably, in these circumstances, certificates could be issued which look proper however grow to be mistaken.’

And any reference to Covid on a demise certificates, both immediately as an underlying trigger or as a contributory trigger, and the demise will probably be recorded as a Covid demise within the ONS statistics.

Covid is a ‘notifiable illness’, and medical doctors have a authorized obligation to report any incidence of the virus.

Would possibly this clarify what the physician on the care dwelling in Wolverhampton, the place Jessie Wylde died, meant when he was challenged by her son after discovering his mom was about to develop into ‘one other statistic’?

‘Medical doctors are inspired to place down Covid on demise certificates,’ Mr Wylde was allegedly informed, when the physician tried to elucidate why she had been wrongly classed as a Covid sufferer.

It’s onerous to not keep away from the suspicion that the default analysis of overstretched, under-pressure GPs is to say Covid someplace on the demise certificates.

Grieving kinfolk demand inquiry after family members have been wrongly licensed as virus victims

Grieving kinfolk demand inquiry after family members have been wrongly licensed as virus victims

Grieving kinfolk demand inquiry after family members have been wrongly licensed as virus victims

Grieving kinfolk demand inquiry after family members have been wrongly licensed as virus victims

‘Dying certification has by no means been a exact science,’ a current article by a marketing consultant in geriatrics and acute common drugs within the British Medical Journal reported.

The marketing consultant stated that ‘typically there’s a cluster of simultaneous acute issues which we may simply change as all of them occurred so shut collectively and had been all critical.’

Few are higher positioned to supply an opinion on this matter than Stephen Johnston, a funeral director from Cumbria.

‘I’ve organized funerals for fairly lots of people whose households have disputed Covid-19 being put down as the principle reason behind demise after they don’t suppose it ought to have been,’ he stated.

‘In various circumstances, the deceased has gone into hospital already severely sick from life-threatening situations, equivalent to COPD, coronary heart illness, kidney illness, liver failure and most cancers, having had three or 4 detrimental Covid checks. Whereas in hospital, they’ve had one other check, which is optimistic, after which handed away and the demise is recorded as Covid.

‘I feel households are upset as a result of there’s a little little bit of stigma hooked up to a Covid demise that folks don’t like. They’re extra comfy with very aged relations passing away peacefully of their sleep.’

Grieving kinfolk demand inquiry after family members have been wrongly licensed as virus victims

Grieving kinfolk demand inquiry after family members have been wrongly licensed as virus victims

Grieving kinfolk demand inquiry after family members have been wrongly licensed as virus victims

Grieving kinfolk demand inquiry after family members have been wrongly licensed as virus victims

The Workplace for Nationwide Statistics discovered Covid circumstances had halved in a fortnight throughout England. It stated 373,300 could be detected in any given day over the interval to February 19

One of many households we spoke to was that of Tony Ennos, 96, who was receiving finish of life care when, two days earlier than his demise, he examined optimistic, which meant Covid went on the demise certificates. ‘He died of coronary heart failure, not Covid,’ his son Richard stated.

David Brighouse, 72, was terminally sick with A number of System Atrophy, a uncommon neurodegenerative dysfunction, however examined optimistic shortly earlier than his demise, which meant Covid went on the demise certificates. ‘I really feel strongly that Dad died of his present sickness,’ his daughter Julie stated.

It was an identical story for David Sutcliffe, 81, who suffered from vascular dementia and Alzheimer’s, and had been away from Covid for greater than six months earlier than he died final October. And publishing big Naim Attallah, 89 — believed to be affected by terminal most cancers — whose demise was nonetheless attributed to Covid when he died in February. His final check got here again clear, and he’d even been vaccinated towards the virus 4 weeks earlier than his demise.

The complexity of the totally different recording strategies makes it troublesome to estimate the size of the shortcomings highlighted immediately.

What’s simple is that report numbers of individuals have been dying for the reason that pandemic started; this isn’t pretend information.

However are the statistics at all times telling the entire fact?

We had been shocked – it is simply not proper 

When Ted McMahon died two months in need of his diamond wedding ceremony anniversary, his three youngsters — one in all whom is a nurse — believed a stroke had killed him.

But his demise certificates acknowledged he had died from Covid-19, regardless of testing detrimental for the virus simply 4 days earlier than he handed away at Charnwood Oaks care dwelling in Shepshed, Leics.

Retired highway employee Mr McMahon, pictured with spouse Anne, had 4 grandchildren and a great-grandchild. He was admitted to the nursing dwelling with dementia in November 2019.

Grieving kinfolk demand inquiry after family members have been wrongly licensed as virus victims

Grieving kinfolk demand inquiry after family members have been wrongly licensed as virus victims

When Ted McMahon died two months in need of his diamond wedding ceremony anniversary, his three youngsters — one in all whom is a nurse — believed a stroke had killed him. But his demise certificates acknowledged he had died from Covid-19

He died aged 84 on Could 3 final yr, six days after working a excessive temperature the house believed was Covid.

A check on April 30 got here again as detrimental and his daughter Debbie McMahon, a nurse, put the excessive temperature right down to an undetected stroke, in keeping with his different daughter, Julie Perkins. Civil servant Mrs Perkins, 57, stated: ‘Debbie spent loads of time with him main as much as his demise and he or she believes he was exhibiting all of the indicators of getting had a stroke.

‘So we had been extraordinarily shocked when the GP wrote he’d died of the virus on his demise certificates, regardless of the detrimental check end result 4 days earlier than he died. It’s simply not proper.’

… and the households who fought again

WE COULDN’T SAY GOODBYE TO HIM 

On his demise certificates, the reason for workplace cleaner Maurice Cummings’ demise was given as ‘Medical Covid-19 Pneumonia’.

Simply hours earlier than he died on the Avon ward at Warwick Hospital on July 10 final yr, he had been examined for the virus and the end result, simply because it was within the two he’d had within the earlier seven weeks, was detrimental.

Mr Cummings, who would have been 77 on Monday this week, had by no means examined optimistic for the virus and confirmed no signs, his bewildered household say.

Once they requested why his demise had been attributed to coronavirus by the physician who signed the certificates, the household say they had been informed by the hospital’s bereavement officer: ‘We didn’t detect the virus however some medical doctors nonetheless wish to put it on the certificates.’

Mr Cummings, a father-of-two from Warwickshire with 4 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, was admitted to the hospital days earlier after turning into unwell and unresponsive at dwelling. 

His spouse Pauline believed his sick well being was the results of years of osteoporosis and sclerosis.

The couple’s eldest daughter, Tracey Cummings, 56, stated that though the household didn’t problem the physician’s judgment, they had been ‘suspicious’.

Ms Cummings, a educating assistant who lives in Leamington Spa, stated: ‘There’s no manner he had Covid. He was examined the day he died and the subsequent day the end result got here again as detrimental and he had completely no signs.

‘When the bereavement officer phoned us two days later and knowledgeable us that’s what it stated on his demise certificates, we had been appalled. She stated it was frequent observe for some medical doctors.

‘To make issues worse, the undertakers informed us that due to the Covid issue, we weren’t allowed to say goodbye to him within the chapel of relaxation, costume him in his favorite garments and beloved Elvis belt or carry his coffin at his funeral. As an alternative, they put him in a plain shroud, which Dad would have hated.’

A hospital spokesperson stated: ‘We are able to’t touch upon particular person affected person circumstances. Usually phrases, medical doctors give the reason for demise in keeping with their medical opinion on the proof obtainable. They wouldn’t ascribe Covid as the reason for demise until there was medical proof to assist that.

‘The causes of demise on the demise certificates are checked by the Medical Examiner for deaths. It’s effectively described that in some sufferers with Covid pneumonia the virus is deep within the lungs and can’t be detected within the nostril and throat, so a detrimental check end result may very well be returned.

‘Covid pneumonia could be identified by the medical presentation and the outcomes of blood checks and the findings on X-rays and CT scans and never solely by way of a particular Covid check.’

Mr Cummings’ daughter Tracey final night time refuted the notion put ahead by the hospital that Covid may have been current in his lungs regardless of the detrimental check.

She stated: ‘Dad was admitted into hospital with none apparent Covid signs. No excessive temperature, respiration difficulties, or lack of style or scent. Covid-19 is a respiratory illness. Absolutely this might lead to respiration difficulties?’

I knew it wasn’t Covid so I used to be extraordinarily offended 

Glenis Taylor examined detrimental for Covid twice within the days earlier than she handed away on the age of 63. Regardless of this, her demise certificates says she died from the virus.

Her husband of 43 years, Rob, pictured along with her, was incensed and demanded a autopsy. This was sanctioned by a coroner and the examination discovered no proof of Covid in her physique.

‘I used to be extraordinarily offended after they informed me that the marketing consultant had written Covid on the demise certificates,’ he stated. ‘I knew she didn’t have Covid. She examined detrimental and so did I.

Grieving kinfolk demand inquiry after family members have been wrongly licensed as virus victims

Grieving kinfolk demand inquiry after family members have been wrongly licensed as virus victims

Glenis Taylor examined detrimental for Covid twice within the days earlier than she handed away on the age of 63. Regardless of this, her demise certificates says she died from the virus

‘I spoke to a different physician and he or she stated: “I can’t see any proof of Covid right here both”.’

Mr Taylor, 65, from Peterborough, suspects Covid was put down on his healthcare assistant spouse’s demise certificates to keep away from additional investigation into how she died.

He added: ‘I need to know what the true reason behind demise is. And one of many principal causes I need to know what she died of is that if it’s hereditary, I’ve bought to inform my three youngsters.’

Mrs Taylor had been unwell for 18 months earlier than she handed away with osteoarthritis in her knees and bronchial issues.

She stated nobody on the hospital had informed her the virus may have been current in his lungs regardless of the detrimental check.

I JUST WANT THE TRUTH, THAT’S ALL 

Within the weeks earlier than her demise, Barbara Bell examined detrimental for Covid 4 instances. Her husband John was by her facet day by day in her last week. He by no means caught the virus.

Regardless of this, a health care provider wrote on her demise certificates that Covid was the principle reason behind Mrs Bell’s demise on October 15, on the age of 71.

When Mr Bell, 77, challenged this, he was informed that Covid was listed as a result of it was troublesome to differentiate it from triple pneumonia, which is what she was affected by. He was unable to alter the reason for demise on the certificates.

Mr Bell, from Scunthorpe, stated: ‘What would make me really feel higher, and all of the others in all probability experiencing the identical or related, could be the bloody fact, and that’s all.

‘After I spoke to the medical expert’s workplace he stated as a result of the pneumonia was similar to Covid they needed to put it down as Covid.

‘I used to be offended with him. I stated I didn’t need it on the demise certificates as a result of it’s not proper, however that was the inventory reply that I bought.’

He stated he and his three daughters had been fortunate to have been capable of go to his spouse in Glenfield hospital in Leicester earlier than she died and maintain a funeral for her.

Mr Bell stated his daughters additionally didn’t catch the virus, regardless of visiting their mom within the last days

Mrs Bell, a full-time mom, was the second youngest of 12 youngsters.

SHE HAD NEVER TESTED POSITIVE 

Sue, a grandmother to seven youngsters, died aged 74 at her Somerset care dwelling on June 3 final yr after affected by persistent obstructive pulmonary illness. She repeatedly examined detrimental for Covid.

However, her GP blamed the virus for her demise. It was solely when her livid husband, Alan — who requested to not be recognized — contacted the surgical procedure to object that the Covid analysis for his spouse, a retired gross sales govt, was withdrawn.

Alan, 79, stated: ‘There was no Covid within the care dwelling and he or she had by no means examined optimistic for it. She’d had no check within the 24 hours earlier than she died.

‘I informed the surgical procedure there was no manner on earth I used to be permitting them to place the phrase Covid anyplace close to her demise certificates and I needed to combat tooth and nail to steer them to see my perspective.’

Further reporting: Nic North and Archie Mitchell

Ridiculous! He had no signs 

Grieving kinfolk demand inquiry after family members have been wrongly licensed as virus victims

Grieving kinfolk demand inquiry after family members have been wrongly licensed as virus victims

The household of flamboyant publishing and journal king Naim Attallah had been surprised to see Covid on his demise certificates — when medical doctors believed he had terminal most cancers

The household of flamboyant publishing and journal king Naim Attallah had been surprised to see Covid on his demise certificates — when medical doctors believed he had terminal most cancers.

The colorful Palestinian-born London businessman went to see his doctor in Harley Avenue on December 9, 2020, complaining of abdomen pains and was admitted to College Faculty Hospital the identical day.

Between admission to the ward on December 9 and his demise on February 9, he had 4 Covid checks and solely the third was optimistic. The final one, 4 days after the optimistic one, got here again clear.

He confirmed no signs of Covid and had been vaccinated towards the virus 4 weeks earlier than his demise.

Medical doctors suspected his abdomen pains had been as a consequence of most cancers however Mr Attallah, 89, pictured with Nigella Lawson, declined procedures to verify their suspicions as a result of they had been too invasive.

His son Ramsay stated: ‘It’s ridiculous what they wrote on the demise certificates. The funeral director stated they’re coping with household upon household saying Covid was not the reason for their beloved one’s demise.’

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