Care group chairperson says Prime Minister’s comments about coronavirus deaths are ‘absolutely abhorrent and disgusting’

Care group chairperson says Prime Minister’s comments about coronavirus deaths are ‘absolutely abhorrent and disgusting’

by Danielle Thompson (July 2020)

THE chairperson of the North and South Sefton Care Home Group has described the Prime Minister’s comments about care home coronavirus deaths as ‘absolutely abhorrent and disgusting.’

Mr Johnson prompted anger from the care sector, unions and MPs on Monday, July 6 when he stated that the pandemic had illustrated problems with care homes, where nearly 20,000 people are confirmed to have died from the virus. He said: “We discovered too many care homes didn’t really follow the procedures in the way that they could have but we’re learning lessons the whole time.”

A No 10 spokesman later clarified that he was not blaming care homes, but ‘pointing out that nobody knew what the correct procedures were because the extent of asymptomatic transmission was not known at the time.’

Jonathan Cunningham, chairman of the group and manager of Birkdale Park Nursing Home and Rosebank Care Home in Southport said: “The recent crass announcement by the Prime Minister that care homes were in some way to blame for the scale of deaths is an absolutely abhorrent and disgusting attempt to shift the blame and responsibility onto those who have been fighting this vile virus with one arm tied behind our backs. I am prepared to voice the shock and anger of the whole social care sector - words escape me at the scale of the insult to our workers and care sector.”

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