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Care leaders react to Hancock allegations over Covid-19 testing in care homes

Care leaders have reacted to yesterday’s allegations in the Telegraph about leaked messages relating to the government’s handling of Covid-19 testing in care homes.

The article said that then Health Secretary Matt Hancock did not implement the advice of the chief medical officer to test all care home entrants for the virus.  

Instead, he made it mandatory only for those going into a care home from hospital, the reports say.

Commenting, National Care Association Executive Chairman Nadra Ahmed said: “It is high time Matt Hancock accepted that he made mistakes in the handling of the pandemic. The fact that [he] did not want to ‘muddy the water’ by taking advice from expert clinicians demonstrates that he failed at the very first hurdle and has continued to try and mitigate his errors of judgement.

“It is high time he apologies unreservedly to all who continue to be affected.”

Chair of the Independent Care Group Mike Padgham added: “We can only guess how many lives were lost because the spread of the virus in care and nursing homes was not prevented sooner. As ever, social care was badly let down and the care of the most vulnerable seriously betrayed. There are some very serious questions to be answered.”

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