Responding to claims today (Wednesday) that Matt Hancock rejected advice to test everyone going into care homes at the height of the pandemic, UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea said:
“Care homes were on Matt Hancock’s watch but he failed to protect them from the virus. Lives were needlessly lost because ministers effectively abandoned staff and residents.
“Many care workers had to make their own safety kit from bin bags, couldn’t access testing for months and were pressured into coming in when they should have been off work with Covid.
“The government is to blame for this disaster. Staff, care home residents and their families paid an unacceptable price. Lessons must now be learned through the independent public inquiry.”
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