Coronavirus: Discharged hospital patients may have seeded COVID-19 into care homes, minister admits

Derrick Santistevan

Some hospital patients with coronavirus may have been moved into care homes, seeding it into neighborhoods, a senior minister has actually confessed.

Environment Secretary George Eustice stated there might have been “some instances” where those without signs were moved untried into care homes, which have been struck hard by the COVID-19 break out.

Formerly, ministers firmly insisted sufficient recommendations was provided to care homes, in spite of them being informed up until as late as 12 March a break out of the illness in them was “very unlikely” and all citizens and personnel with signs were not qualified for tests up until 15 April.

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The admission came as the head of Care England, the biggest body representing private care homes in the nation, stated the federal government prioritised the NHS over the care sector

Up until now around 15,000 senior citizens have passed away with the infection in England and Wales.

Environment Secretary George Eustice at the day-to-day coronavirus news rundown

Mr Eustice rejected “the caricature that we took an approach that was wrong” at the day-to-day Downing Street rundown.

“Very early on in this epidemic we had protocols in place for care homes, there was guidance as to how they should approach this,” he declared.

“As the situation developed then more stringent policies were introduced.”

However he accepted: “In those early weeks there will have been some circumstances where people may have been discharged who were asymptomatic.

” And there may have been some little number of circumstances where they may have been revealing signs however would have been separated – that was the assistance at the time that remained in location.”

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Labour has actually implicated the federal government of being “too slow” to take on the spread of coronavirus in care homes.

Shadow social care minister Liz Kendall stated: “Social care has not had the same priority as the NHS and these services have not been treated as inexplicably linked.”

Sam Monaghan, president of Methodist Homes, which runs 222 care plans and homes, likewise declared there is a “stark disconnect between the ongoing government rhetoric on support for care homes and the lived reality on the ground”.

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He firmly insisted to the Commons science choose committee that there is still no regular screening for all citizens and personnel, while PPE stays in brief supply, with care business needing to purchase it “on the open market”.

Speculation has actually installed about whether the ground is currently being gotten ready for the fallout of the pandemic in an unavoidable public query.

Work and Pensions Secretary Therese Coffey informed Sky News on Tuesday when quizzed about the care homes action that: “If the science was wrong, the advice at the time was wrong. I’m not surprised if people then think we made a wrong decision.”

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