A CHESHIRE MP who called for visiting restrictions in health care settings to be dropped has welcomed the announcement NHS Trusts must re-open their doors.

Health Secretary Sajid Javid said NHS Trusts must get back to normal or face being named and shamed.

Tatton MP Esther McVey has been urging Government and other bodies to act to ensure patients and residents were not starved of social contact, following growing numbers of constituents struggling to see their loved ones in different parts of the country.

She said: “I am delighted to hear that Sajid Javid has given clear instructions to hospital trusts that they must allow visitors in the way they did before the pandemic.

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"It is such a postcode lottery at the moment with some trusts fully open and others allowing no visitors whatsoever.

“Contact with loved ones when in hospital is so important and has proven to help recovery in many situations.

"I hope hospitals will now listen and act and allow patients the contact many have missed out on in recent months.”

Ms McVey wrote to the Department of Health calling for action both in her role as Tatton MP and chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Pandemic Recovery.

She said she will continue pressing for guidance for care homes to ensure residents too have access to their friends and families.