‘Get a grip!’ Kirstie Allsopp rages at TV stars for not voicing opinion on hospital visits
Kirstie Allsopp admits she doesn't like 'mean' reputation
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Kirstie Allsopp, 49, has slammed fellow television stars on social media after claiming to have continually raised awareness for the way hospital patients’ relatives are treated. The TV star has opened fire following an outpouring of rage after 27-year-old Ollie Bibby’s parents claim they were treated “like criminals”.
You could’ve made this better so long ago. Get a grip & start challenging more stuff.
The presenter, who fronts Location, Location, Location, has used her social media platforms throughout the pandemic to criticise the government’s handling of COVID-19.
It comes after people were forced to see their loved ones through hospital windows with no form of physical contact in a bid to contain the virus.
Now, those in hospital are allowed pre-arranged visits from relatives who must wear PPE at all times, with visiting hours slashed to just one hour per day.
The parents of Ollie were left outraged after being “cheated out of the last six weeks” of their son’s life, who was battling leukaemia before dying on May 5.
Following the scandal revealing that former Health Secretary Matt Hancock was filmed kissing an aide, breaching his own guidelines on May 6, celebrities across the country have slammed the Tory MP.
However, the criticism against Mr Hancock has outraged Kirstie, who in view of her 423,000 Twitter followers, said: “Since Easter, since effing EASTER! I’ve been tweeting about the way families have been treated by hospitals. I couldn’t raise so much as a peep from TV types [sic].
“Now you’re all over Ollie’s story.”
She added: “You could’ve made this better so long ago. Get a grip & start challenging more stuff.”
Kirstie’s tweet comes after Good Morning Britain’s Susanna Reid tweeted: “My heart is broken for Ollie’s family. And for Ollie. How are we still treating patients in hospitals and their families like this? Utterly unacceptable.”
While Kirstie was left raging, many of her followers quickly leapt to the replies section of her post to praise her for her continuity.
“You have never dropped that ball,” said one alongside a series of clapping emojis.
While a second penned: “That’s the problem. Some have believed that all this was necessary & left everything in different campaign groups’ hands. Most of the rules & regs feel so silly now (to me they always did). We have to challenge more or they’ll leave it as is.”(sic)
Ollie had lived at home with parents Simon and Penny until he was admitted to the hospital in March.
After four years in remission, he relapsed and required a bone marrow transplant in the summer of 2020.
Speaking to the BBC, Penny said: “Ollie was in a room on his own and it was horrific for him, he suffered from anxiety and depression and he would just spend all this time on his own, worrying about his future.
“It was clear that the hospital did not want us there, we felt like we were criminals — the security staff would be better off at a nightclub, they were so aggressive.”
When Ollie was first admitted to the hospital, he wasn’t allowed any visits but towards the end of his life, he was allowed one visit per week from one nominated person.
However, after speaking to their local Conservative MP, Rebecca Harris, the hospital allowed two visits per week from one person.
Ollie’s parents were “livid” that Hancock had acted in such a way.
Since footage emerged of him and his aide, he has since stepped down as Health Secretary.
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