Responding to evidence before the Health Select Committee today where the Chief Executive of Care England confirmed cases of people “who were symptomatic discharged into care homes”, Liberal Democrat Health and Care Spokesperson Munira Wilson said:

“It is heartbreaking to hear of so many coronavirus-related deaths in care homes. People are rightly worried about their loved ones.

“It is made horribly worse when we know more could have been done had elderly patients with coronavirus symptoms had not been discharged into care homes without being tested.

“The Government needs to get a grip. No care home should have to wait until 6 June to be offered a test and every frontline care worker putting themselves in harm’s way must have the right protective equipment. We must ensure no one is left behind.

“The British people deserve clear, honest answers to some serious questions now and a commitment to an independent inquiry, so we can learn lessons.