Matt Hancock was repeatedly warned of the risk of not testing people discharged from hospitals into nursing homes at the start of the pandemic, it was said today.
The Care Provider Alliance, which represents UK nursing homes, said it warned the Department of Health and Welfare on March 26, 2020 that without testing nursing home residents “there is no way to know if they will infect the others”.
He also claims he sent an email directly to the Secretary of Health, saying, “All people discharged from hospital to social care facilities … MUST be tested before discharge.”
Pete Calveley, chief executive of Barchester Healthcare, which lost 1,100 residents to the pandemic, said in March and April last year “we absolutely said that no one should be discharged from the hospital without a negative test.”
According to reports, smaller nursing home groups also said they were “constantly” soliciting earlier discharge tests when they didn’t.
Health Minister Matt Hancock is pictured outside his home in North West London on 26 May
Care England, which represents the largest private chains, told al Guardian repeatedly raised “lack of testing in hospitals and the care sector” with the Department of Health and Social Care and NHS England in late March 2020.
Mr. Hancock did not make hospital discharge tests mandatory until mid-April.
In total, 42,498 residents of England and Wales have recorded Covid-19 on their death certificate, according to official data from the Office for National Statistics.
The paper said Care England raised concerns about the “lack of testing in hospitals and the care sector” with the Department of Health and Welfare “multiple times.”
The Guardian also reported that the Care Providers Alliance told the government to “prioritize testing for residents” in March 2020.
It comes before the Secretary of Health addresses further questions about the allegations made by Dominic Cummings as he presents himself in front of a select committee today.
A home carer performs a Covid-19 swab test on a Whitley Bay resident in May 2020
Mr. Hancock was accused by the former assistant chief of the Prime Minister of lying to Boris Johnson about the coronavirus plans and of being “disastrously incompetent”.
Back up your claims now, senior MPs tell Dominic Cummings
Senior lawmakers told Dominic Cummings that the key allegations in his attack on Health Secretary Matt Hancock will be considered “baseless” if he does not provide evidence.
Dominic Cummings testifies in May
Boris Johnson’s former chief adviser missed a deadline from the two committees he first appeared on to back up his claims.
MPs also said they have not yet received a response to their request for evidence on the Prime Minister’s handling of the early days of the pandemic.
Mr. Cummings made a number of statements to MPs, saying that Mr. Hancock should have been fired for “at least 15-20 things, including lying to everyone on multiple occasions”.
Greg Clark and Jeremy Hunt, who chair the health and science committees, have set him a deadline of June 4th. They said: “Without further evidence we must consider these allegations as baseless.”
Among Mr. Cummings’ explosive claims last month was that Mr. Johnson was furious to find that untested hospital patients had been discharged into nursing homes, claiming that Mr. Hancock had told both of them that discharged people would be tested. .
Hancock has since denied the hospital’s promise to do home testing and told the Commons last month that it was not possible to test everyone who left the hospital for social care at the start of the pandemic because capacity was not available.
He added that “his memory” was pledging to provide tests for people going from hospital to nursing homes “when we could.”
Nursing homes will likely be the main topic of questions during today’s session of the Commons Health and Social Care committee.
Meanwhile, Mr. Cummings was told by senior parliamentarians that his allegations about Mr. Hancock would be considered “unfounded” if he did not provide evidence.
The controversial former councilor has already missed a deadline set by the two select committees in which he first appeared to back up his claims, it emerged yesterday.
Greg Clark and Jeremy Hunt, who chair the health and social care and science and technology committees, wrote to the controversial aide setting a deadline for June 4.
Regarding his statements about Mr. Hancock, said: “We are sure you understand that without further evidence we must consider these allegations as unfounded.”
Yesterday it emerged that a charity is trying to legally challenge the government over its guidance requiring nursing home residents to isolate themselves for 14 days after overnight stays and upon admission.
John’s Campaign has sought permission for a judicial review of the Department of Health and Welfare guidance in the High Court.
The latest figures from the Office for National Statistics on Nursing Home Deaths since the start of the pandemic
Originally, the government said that any resident who leaves their nursing home in England must isolate themselves for 14 days upon their return.
How Covid Nursing Home Deaths Have Dropped to the Lowest Weekly Weekly
According to the Office for National Statistics, around 12 deaths of nursing home residents were recorded for Covid-19 in England and Wales in the week through May 28, down 52% from the previous week.
This is the lowest number of nursing home deaths recorded in a single week since the start of the pandemic.
In total, 42,498 nursing home residents in England and Wales have now recorded Covid-19 on their death certificate.
The ONS figures cover deaths of nursing home residents in all settings, not just nursing homes.
The guide was updated in early May allowing for low-risk outdoor visits and again at the end of the month, allowing visits to hospitals such as outpatients, GPs, dentists, day care centers, workplaces and environments educational without the need for self-isolation afterwards.
But after each overnight stay, including a hospital visit, and upon admission, residents still have to isolate themselves for 14 days.
The DHSC said his driving will be monitored and its “ambition” is that the need for self-isolation after overnight stays be changed as soon as evidence shows it is safe.
John’s Campaign says the current guide is illegal because it encourages suppliers to wrongfully incarcerate residents and makes it likely that suppliers will not conduct individual risk assessments.
The charity said DHSC told its Leigh Day attorneys that the 14-day requirement is not mandatory.
But he said most suppliers see it that way, and the Service Quality Commission said it expects suppliers to comply with government guidelines.
Leigh Day said testimonies show the requirement is having a “profound impact on residents’ well-being and in some cases translating into a serious and irreparable decline.”
The charity’s application includes evidence from people like Anne, whose husband was admitted to a nursing home after her Alzheimer’s disease got worse in January.
He said: “It’s an abomination that this 14-day isolation policy was invented in the first place and persists when people visit pubs and raves, sing at football matches and generally do much more” dangerous “things than my frail and lonely. husband. ‘
John’s Campaign co-founder Julia Jones said, “Listening to the related reports and reading the reports of 14 days of isolation was a disgusting experience.
“Most people would not lock up an animal for two weeks without fresh air, exercise or companionship, yet this is happening regularly to newcomers to our nursing homes, to people discharged from the hospital in need of rehabilitation and to the young people (often with the understanding of young children) who need to spend time with their families. ‘
The director of the Association of Relatives and Residents, Helen Wildbore, said the government “went from one extreme to the other” with the response from the nursing home.
He said: “In the first wave, the sector was left without even basic protections and the residents felt abandoned.
“Now, government leadership enforces prison-like isolation which, according to our helpline, is having a devastating impact on well-being.
‘As the rest of the country opens up, the people living in the shelter are being left behind in the scariest way. This policy needs to be urgently changed. ‘