Christian medical group slams government’s handling of care sector as Covid inquiry begins

Oct 5, 2022 by

by Alex Collett, Premier:

Christian Medical Fellowship (CMF) has said the government’s handling of the care sector at the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic was an “utter disaster.”

An inquiry into how top leaders navigated the outbreak has now begun, with a preliminary hearing currently taking place in London.

Baroness Heather Hallett, who opened the session, will now look at the UK’s preparedness for the virus and says she will put bereaved families – and those who suffered – at the heart of her work.

Steve Fouch, head of communications at CMF says people that lost loved ones in care homes need answers.

He said: “We were assured that there would be a ring of protection around the care homes, but in practice, what was happening was people were being discharged from hospital with Covid infections to care homes without any proper screening or testing.

“So care homes suddenly found themselves with massive outbreaks, when they shouldn’t have done, when they could have actually been kept safe.

“So these care homes were being isolated from the community. People couldn’t see loved ones, all theycould do is wave at them through a window and yet they were having people with Covid admitted back into the care home directly.

“So that was an utter disaster and by the time people realise what was going on and change it, lives had been lost.”

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