Why have they only just noticed the carnage in care homes?

spiked and others have long pointed out that hospitals were discharging Covid patients to care homes.

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Care homes are now the epicentre of the Covid-19 epidemic. Figures from the ONS show that 40 per cent of all coronavirus deaths so far occurred in care homes.

Finally, politicians and the press are starting to wake up to the fact that the official guidance on care homes was fundamentally flawed.

In this week’s Prime Minister’s Questions, Keir Starmer quoted old government advice that suggested that care-home infections were ‘very unlikely’. Starmer also quoted a cardiologist:

‘We discharged known, suspected and unknown cases into care homes which were unprepared with no formal warning that patients were infected, no testing available and no PPE to prevent transmission. We actively seeded this into the very population that was most vulnerable.’

Indeed, NHS guidance made it explicit that patients should be discharged to care homes in order to free up hospital capacity for an anticipated surge in cases.

This issue has been known about for several weeks. In late April, Dr Malcolm McKendrick raised it on his blog. Professor Carl Henegan at Oxford’s Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine was also raising questions about it. spiked’s Fraser Myers reported on it last month. Reuters produced a detailed special report on it at the beginning of May.

Yet none of these warnings was heeded. And there was a simple reason why.

Back in April, politicians and the media were still engulfed by lockdown fanaticism. They tried to terrify people with warnings of overrun hospitals and projections of deaths in the hundreds of thousands. And the only solution they could offer to the ‘killer virus’ was a total shutdown of life, liberty and the economy. Any nuance was shouted down or ignored.

Now the lockdown strategy has totally backfired. The hospital surge never arrived. Healthy people who face very little risk from the virus are languishing under house arrest while the vulnerable have been recklessly exposed to a disease that could kill them.

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Comments

Marvin Jones

20th May 2020 at 11:30 am

Comments don’t come more controversial than this. My wife, and thousands like her ( Waspi Women) has worked since she was 16. She has completed about 40 years of paying all her dues, then she gets to 60 and told that she either stays on at work, get’s retrained for another job, because she will not get her pension for another 6 years. At the age when illnesses and disabilities are beginning to set in, they are robbed of about £50,000. NOW! how much will the government benefit from 50,000 old folk dying and not needing their pensions. If you have not fainted yet, how cruel must it be to make people work on after 60 for another 6 years for their crappy little pensions and taxed on as well? Wake up to “Rip Off Britain!”

Vivian Darkbloom

17th May 2020 at 10:20 pm

We need to know why our elders have been let down. Where did the order to decant old folk, either with the infection or showing signs, to care homes? I’ve read that it came, variously, from Public Health England, the various NHS trusts, the government; what’s the truth though?

This is the group that needed maximum protection. Care homes locked down together with the carers and staff who could’ve been paid top £ for their work; no one in and no one out. This didn’t happen. The healthy were locked down and the vulnerable were exposed.

Who is responsible for this balls-up? On whose orders?

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