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Covid hospital discharge was “rational and reasonable” Hancock tells inquiry

Matt Hancock has defended the hospital Covid discharge order as “rational and reasonable” on day two of the Covid inquiry module into core UK decision making and political governance

During this morning’s session, Hancock was challenged by representatives of Covid bereaved families over the order to discharge, which was given knowing that at that time there were 37 known outbreaks of Covid in care homes and known problems with testing capacity.

Responding to Anna Morris KC (pictured), Hancock said: “It was rational and reasonable to make sure hospital patients were in the safest place they could be.

“My fear was that if they were left in hospital, there was a high likelihood that more people would have caught Covid and the problem would have been bigger.”

He added: “Every decision was a choice between difficult options, and I have not yet heard of a solution that would have resulted in more lives saved.”

Module 6, examining the care sector across the UK, will open in December. The core participant application window will be open from 12 December 2023 to 19 January 2024. Public hearings will begin in spring 2025.

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