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Care Homes Are Successful, ‘Only Make Up A Quarter Of All Deaths’ – Hancock

The health secretary Hancock's claim follows his denial of the public's criticism of public confusion over the easing of lockdown restrictions procedure after Dominic Raab laid out the wrong advice on meeting people.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said care homes are doing very well in terms of the coronavirus pandemic as they have only contributed a quarter of the total nationwide death from the virus.

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He downplayed claims that residents and staff had been “let down” after widespread shortages of tests and personal protective equipment, saying: “I think that is really unfair.”

The health secretary Hancock’s claim follows his denial of the public’s criticism of public confusion over the easing of lockdown restrictions procedure after Dominic Raab laid out the wrong advice on meeting people.

When asked about Prime Minister Boris Johnson asking staff to prepare to return to work on Monday, a date then put back to Wednesday he said “things are fine” if that is the biggest complaint put forward.

Speaking further on care home cases, Mr Hancock said: “Some of the most vulnerable people live in care homes, yet only around a quarter of the deaths that have happened have been in care homes. That’s much lower than most international comparators.”

Hancock told BBC Radio 4 Today’s programme that measures to let people stay apart from each other to contain the spread of the coronavirus started earlier in care homes before they rolled out to the general community.

“I think the fact that, among people who work in the NHS, no more people have died than in the general population, I think that is a testament to how the NHS has performed.

“In almost all epidemics like this, it is doctors and nurses who tend to bear the brunt and so far, in this epidemic, in this country, there has been no higher death rate among healthcare workers. I think that is a really good thing.”

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However, some released documents by the Sage advisory committee show there was no consideration of the likely crisis, or practical support given to care homes workers before the UK entered lockdown.

There was a lengthy discussion over the risks to the NHS and the lack of hospital beds as well as the need to adopt social distancing measures. But there wasn’t a detailed talk of what exactly should be done for care homes at the time.

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