A top Tory has revealed the government decided not to test people for coronavirus in care homes for more than a month while the pandemic unfolded, and now there are enormous concerns in care homes with at least 38 per cent of which have a COVID 19 outbreak with more than 11,000 deaths.
And now we’ve seen a great tragedy in our care homes, which the top Tory said was a huge regret, and this is a rare admission from the government that it was a choice to stop widespread testing in care homes.
This is the most explicit admission yet, that ministers did not give care homes the protection they needed at the start of this pandemic, and social care and the NHS are both equally crucial in the battle against this virus and are inextricably connected, one can’t be prioritised above the other.
Ministers must give social care the support, care and attention it requires to prevent the spread of this wretched virus.
Care home residents, new arrivals and staff with symptoms were not routinely tested from mid-March, when community testing ended due to lack of capacity, to April 15.
Testing has since ramped up about 100,000 a day and there’s been a promise to test all staff and residents, even without symptoms, but this will only be completely rolled out by June 6.
Until April 15, not even new arrivals into care homes from hospitals were routinely tested, but Cabinet minister, George Eustice, maintained that they didn’t accept the caricature that they took an approach that was wrong.
And Dame Angela McLean, Chief Scientific Advisor to the Ministry of Defence, stated bluntly that with the testing they had, the right thing to do was to concentrate it on people who were sick in hospital and it was the right thing to do at the time.
And Mr Buckland admitted it was a choice to test in the NHS over care homes, and asked what mistakes the government made, he stated that they extensively highlighted the importance of making sure NHS services and hospitals were places that could continue to admit patients and wouldn’t be incubators of the virus.
And that they achieved that and that they protected the NHS and ramped up capability, which meant it didn’t thankfully fall over at a time of immense pressure and was he saying the government centred on the NHS to the detriment of care homes, he answered, that they needed to make a judgment about testing and that they chose to concentrate on the NHS over care homes.
And he stated that he believed the problem with care homes was that we’ve got many thousands of different providers, different settings and that there have been lots of cases of care homes that have mercifully stayed infection free, but sadly too many instances of infection and mortality.
And that he thought that every country in the world will look back and say there were things they could have done differently, but for now that they’ve got to concentrate on the here and now, and that now is not the time to condemn people because that would be counterproductive.
And that we’ve got to work together, not only with the care home sector but with our scientists, and with all the people who advise Government and then come together with some practical answers.
What’s happened in our care homes is completely overwhelming and it’s now thought that 1 in 10 of the care home community has died during the pandemic, and this wasn’t inevitable, it’s the result of repeated government failures.
And it appears that their motive was that care homes could easily be isolated so that the virus wouldn’t get in, sadly they were mistaken, but then it’s the perfect way to save money, now they don’t have to pay dead folks pensions and healthcare et cetera.
It’s been 75 years since VE day and the last few people who survived the war as adults and children and who were praised by this government have been thoroughly betrayed.
We are now battling an obscure war but our Government are still perpetrating atrocities by freely allowing this virus to thrive in care homes, sending the elderly back to care homes to spread the virus, and then there are the Nightingale Hospitals that are empty, that doesn’t sit right, does it? And it seems like the cull of our elderly and vulnerable was intent.
The one principle of an elected government is to ensure the safety and well being of its citizens, but the Tories are only interested in themselves and Brexit, and appealing to the narrow-minded brain dead foreigner shunning Alf Garnetts of this country.
And they’ve put party concerns before the well being of this country and its citizens, and it’s cost tens of thousands of lives, and it will leave the economy crushed and the country divided between the post-COVID and post-Brexit world we will inhabit next year.
And given the background, it’s no wonder we’ve got the highest coronavirus death count in Europe because this administration is equipped only to carry out its brainless prejudices and is too incompetent to do the things that matter.
Our young will pay the enormous price of these bitter fruits and will bear a bitter and justified resentment towards those born before 1975, who’ll lump it upon their shoulders for years to come, and I dread the future of this generation, once the reality sinks in of the nasty party’s ineptitude and complete disregard for all, but the Alf’s out there, they’ll reap their just rewards.
And really, what our government are admitting is that they annihilated 10,000 plus people, essentially the elderly.