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Care Homes Blamed For The High Death Toll In The UK

The prime minister of the UK infuriated many people when he accused care homes of failing to follow proper procedures amid the coronavirus crisis.

The prime minister of the UK infuriated many people when he accused care homes of failing to follow proper procedures amid the coronavirus crisis.

During a visit to Goole in Yorkshire, Johnson said that the pandemic had shown the need to “make sure we look after people better who are still in care”.

“We discovered too many care homes didn’t really follow the procedures in the way that they could have but we’re learning lessons the whole time. Most important is to fund them properly … but we will also be looking at ways to make sure the care sector long term is properly organised and supported,” he said.

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A number of MPs, care leaders and unions criticised Boris Johnson`s comments, expressing that the prime minister seemed to be shifting the blame for the high number of coronavirus deaths in the country.

A No 10 spokesperson argued that the prime minister was not shifting the blame on care homes, acknowledging they “have done a brilliant job under very difficult circumstances”.

He added: “The PM was pointing out that nobody knew what the correct procedures were because the extent of asymptomatic transmission was not known at the time.”

The leader of the Newcastle city council, Nick Forbes, said that when the coronavirus crisis began the local authority had 147 requests for emergency PPE from care homes as they only had enough stock to last a day.

He said: “The prime minister is either woefully uninformed or willfully misleading with those comments and it will anger people right across the sector.”

The care sector complained that there has been serious shortages of personal protective equipment, with providers in some cases having to secure their own supplies. When the outbreak started care home operators criticised the government of “a complete system failure” over-testing for coronavirus.

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