Thousands of patients were allowed to return home without Covid tests even though they asked the government directly from their providers to prevent this, Spectator he was told.
When the problem first appeared in March 2020, donors held an emergency meeting with the health department urging the government not to force them to accept untested citizens. However, a few weeks later, government advice remained that the trial was not compulsory and that thousands of people are living with the prospect of returning home without the ill effects of Covid.
The revelation will add to the insistence of the health secretary, Matt Hancock, who has agreed that other caregivers who return to the hospital should not be tested. This comes after Dominic Cummings, a former prime minister’s adviser, criticized Hancock last week to mislead the prime minister on the idea, during his unprecedented testimony in parliament.
About 25,000 people have been evacuated to care for their homes from March 17 to April 15, and there is widespread belief among development workers and leaders that this has allowed the virus to enter the home.
Once in a nursing home, coronavirus is usually transmitted to other people, with serious side effects. In the first hurricane, at least 20,000 caregivers died – about a third of the deaths when Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.
Talking to Spectator, Sam Monaghan, MHA’s chief of staff, the largest domestic housing provider in the UK, said: “On March 12, a meeting was held with a number of homeowners and the department to discuss compulsory NHS it can come down, and if we can drive or assist NHS by taking patients who we can care for. We were very clear from the start, even before we knew the dangers of Covid, that we would not get people unless they were tested.
“On April 2, the rules regarding the discharge of hospital care facilities stated that negative tests were not required prior to transfusion. By that time, many people had already arrested Covid and we were anxious to explain, but the eviction orders given to care for their homes were that we were not testing them. ”
He added: “No one talks to us. Some of our managers have expressed that they feel left out by everyone around them. If I can, I can ask Hancock what he really means, or I think he really means, with a protective ring. [around social care]? It’s a word, but it means nothing. ”
In response, the Department of Health and Social Care cited a Hancock press conference last week, where it said: “In terms of testing for people who have left the hospital and gone to nursing homes, we have committed ourselves to creating opportunities to try and make this happen. Obviously it takes time to get more blood tests … which we will explain in more detail all of this, but when I remember what I have been committing myself to and give testing to people going from hospital to nursing home where we can do this.
The program of Spectator was told of the extreme pressure that some homes had to repatriate their citizens, as well as being told that the relocation had been approved by the general manager in the absence of an agreement.
In May last year, the owners of a nursing home in the Midlands told a Spectator that they felt “completely abandoned” by their health care providers. “The first thing we saw was the district nursing teams leaving – they wanted us to wear clothes and syringes. Then the GPs stopped coming, and when we received the messages it was just about the end of their lives.” ended when paramedics refused to enter the hospice.
There is also concern that misleading figures are rising in the number of deaths due to hospitalization of untested patients. Last week, Cummings told MP lawmakers that the “safety ring” around the care facilities was false, Public Health England (PHE) released a report published last October who claimed that only 1.6% of the explosions in nursing homes – 806 cases between January and October last year – came from patients discharged from hospital.
Vic Rayner, head of the National Care Forum, said the conclusion of the PHE report seemed “unexpected”. He also said the report only looks at those who have been diagnosed with the virus, and does not agree that most of the 25,000 people who were discharged from the hospital in March 2020 have not been tested by Covid at all. The report – which was published last October but was released the day after Cummings’ testimony – did not specify how many untested patients would be able to spread Covid in nursing homes.
Liz Kendall, Minister of Social Welfare, said: “Instead of using information to try to rewrite history and to avoid taking part in the tragedy in our care facilities, ministers should be able to address the situation, learn from the crisis, and implement temporary social security reforms in families they desperately need to be sure that these mistakes will never happen again. ”
Geoffrey Cox, executive director of Southern Healthcare, told the BBC Today program yesterday that some of what Cummings said was “really true”.
Professor Jackie Cassell, deputy principal of a medical school in Brighton and Sussex and a member of the Covid working group, said the 1.6% rating was “positive”. “What really affects the nursing home is that you receive very little and some of them were people who came from the hospital,” he said. “But you get hurt because it’s a dangerous place in terms of shape and weakness.”
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