Safety fears expressed over council visits

Why are workmen from South Lanarkshire Council being sent round unannounced to the homes of vulnerable people who may be self-isolating?

The Motherwell Times has received a number of complaints about staff doing gas checks tenants’ homes and a number in of residents are simply refusing to let them in for fear potentially fatal infection could be spread.

Mary Brown (64) from Uddingston, is a carer for her vulnerable adult son, who let the men in while she was out shopping for essentials. And the embattled mum has now written to South Lanarkshire Council and 10 Downing Street to complain.

The Myers Crescent resident said: “I was absolutely furious because my son has had to have his spleen removed and has a lung condition.

“He should not be coming into contact with these people even though they were wearing protective clothing The the council obviously cares more about the properties it owns that the people in them.”

NHS Lanarkshire said it would not comment as policies over self-distancing were made by the Scottish Government but they wouldn’t comment either, saying this was a matter for the council.

However, the Community Action Team, which delivers meals to those self-isolating in this very street, was more forthcoming.

Co-ordinator Allan Stewart said: “The rules are there for a reason. We just chap the door, leave the food and run.”

A SLC spokesman said: “Gas servicing continues to be undertaken taking account of the Covid-19 specific guidance issued by both the HSE and the Gas Safe Register.

“Tenants can refuse access and reschedule visits should they, or a member of their family, be self-isolating.”

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