Zahawi’s comments on care homes “deeply insensitive” to families who lost loved ones

Responding to Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi’s comments on care homes on the Andrew Marr show this morning, Layla Moran MP, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Coronavirus, said:

 

"The government must urgently look into its failures on care homes instead of kicking the issue into the long grass.

"Nadhim Zahawi's repeated claims that hindsight is a wonderful thing were deeply insensitive to all those families who have lost loved ones in care homes during the pandemic. They need answers now, not empty soundbites and excuses.

"It appears that ministers failed to act when social care leaders raised the alarm at the time. We need an urgent public inquiry to find out why these warnings were ignored and ensure care home residents are not abandoned again."

ENDS

 

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Notes to Editors

The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on coronavirus is conducting a cross-party parliamentary inquiry into the government’s handling of the pandemic and has so far held over 20 hearings and made over 40 recommendations.

The Sunday Times reported this morning that Health Secretary Matt Hancock was sent an email on March 26 from social care leaders specifically warning about the dangers of discharging hospital patients into care homes without testing them for Covid.