Preventing Family from Visiting Patients with Covid-19 Is Unnecessary, Cruel, and Inhumane

February 24, 2021

(BMJ) – I am a medical registrar in the NHS, caring daily for many patients with covid-19 in hospital. It is one of the most traumatic times in my professional life, made much worse by watching patients suffer and die alone. This is enabled by a blanket policy in many hospitals, which prevents any family members from physically visiting patients in hospital with covid-19, unless the patient is deemed to be at the very end of their life. While at face value this may appear to be a sensible policy to prevent further infection, in reality, it is unnecessary, cruel, and inhumane.