Kate Garraway has said she’s unable to see her husband Derek Draper’s doctor’s notes amid his Covid recovery.
Speaking with Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden on Good Morning Britain on Friday morning, the presenter quizzed the MP on data protection rules which means now Derek is awake she needs permission from him to see his documents.
However, due to Derek’s condition, in which he’s unable to have a conversation and still receives 24-hour care after spending more than a year in hospital after testing positive in March 2020, he’s not able to give permission to his wife.
Clearly frustrated with the rules, Kate challenged Mr Dowden on the data protection reforms and cited the lack of trust people have in sharing their medical health data with the government, dubbing the laws ‘a mess’.
Co-host Martin Lewis said ‘trust in the government holding data is not that high’ and referenced a million people who had ‘opted out’ of having their NHS data released for research and analysis, ‘because they did not trust the government with their medical health data’.
Kate interjected: ‘And yet, meanwhile, just to contribute to that, I am still not allowed to see Derek’s scans, his actual doctor’s notes from when he was in hospital because he is still conscious but not in a state to give me permission to do so.
‘We are hampered, his team and I by not being able to see that and yet in the meantime, others don’t trust the government with sharing it for other research.’
She added: ‘It is a mess.’
Referring to Martin, Mr Dowden went on to insist the reforms were being discussed now Britain was out of the EU ‘to make sure people have greater confidence in handling of data’.
Kate’s challenging of the minister comes after she won the National Television Awards gong for authored documentary for her ITV programme, Kate Garraway: Finding Derek, which followed her partner’s devastating battle with Covid.
She was visibly emotional on stage as she accepted the award for Finding Derek, which aired earlier this year on ITV.
And Kate made sure to bring her gong on set on GMB this morning, showing it to her co-host, Martin.
‘Thank you so much to everybody for voting,’ she told viewers. ‘Thank you so much indeed, it means everything.
‘As I said last night, this is for everyone really, because I think the reason why perhaps it did do well is because everyone’s had a slice, haven’t we? Everyone has a Derek in their life, or a Billy or a Darcey, or have lost someone or is mourning.
‘Hopefully this is for everybody that’s been going through the pandemic. Let’s all keep going, and keep celebrating the joy of things.
‘He was struck down by Covid-19. He is free of the virus and has been for a long time, but the damage that was inflicted [on] his organs and his body, from the top of his head to the tip of his toes, means that even though he’s still with us and now at home, the recovery is very, very slow and you just feel him fighting to try.
‘It has been very, very tough and of course it was bittersweet last night because he wasn’t well enough to come.’
Good Morning Britain returns Monday 6am on ITV.
Credit: Original article published here.