PM stated that care homes "didn't really follow the procedures in the way that they could have". Harsh reactions from public opinion.
Boris Johnson was accused of “absolute travesty of leadership” in the care homes debate. He claimed that “too many” care homes did not properly follow procedures during the Covid outbreak.
Johnson blasted saying after care homes didn’t follow procedures
The PM assigned responsibility to care homes in facing Covid outbreak. “They didn’t really follow the procedures in the way that they could have”, he said. Immediate reaction by National Care Forum (NCF), labelling this words as “cowardly” and “frankly hugely insulting”.
The latest Office for National Statistics figures showed that almost 30,000 more care home residents in England and Wales died during the Covid pandemic with respect to last year. For this reason the Tory government he had to face the accusation of neglecting the care sector. Recently, PM announced a rescue package for arts and heritage sector.
The Prime Minister about adult social care plan: “One of the things the crisis has shown is we need to think about how we organize our social care package better and how we make sure we look after people better who are in social care. We discovered too many care homes didn’t really follow the procedures in the way that they could have but we are learning lessons the whole time. Most important is to fund them properly… but we will also be looking at ways to make sure the care sector long term is properly organized and supported.”
Allegations against Johnson
Then Mark Adams, chief executive of charity Community Integrated Care, commented the worlds as “cowardly“. He added: “You’ve got 1.6 million social care workers who when most of us are locked away in our bunkers waiting out Covid, really trying to protect our family. We’ve got these brave people on minimum wage, often with no sickness cover at all, going into work to protect our parents, our grandparents, our children, putting their own health and potentially their own lives at risk.
And then to get the most senior man in the country turning round and blaming them on what has been an absolute travesty of leadership from the Government, I just think it is appalling.” From the Labour side, Shadow social care minister Liz Kendall bitterly criticized the PM. “There have been 30,000 excess deaths in care homes and at least 20,000 of these caused by Covid-19. Hospitals discharged 25,000 elderly people from care homes without any tests whatsoever.
And frontline care workers were left without vital PPE. Staff who have gone the extra mile to care for elderly people, and experienced things the rest of us can only imagine. They will be appalled to hear the Prime Minister’s comments. Boris Johnson should be taking responsibility for his actions and fixing the crisis in social care. Not blaming care homes for this Government’s mistakes”, she claimed.