Cummings: Care home shielding claim nonsense

By Dan Peters | 27 May 2021

Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s former chief adviser has described government suggestions that care homes were shielded in the pandemic as ‘complete nonsense’.

Health secretary Matt Hancock last year insisted that from the beginning of the pandemic the Government had tried to 'throw a protective ring around our care homes'.

But giving evidence to MPs, Dominic Cummings said: 'The government rhetoric was we put a shield around care homes. It was complete nonsense.

He suggested Mr Johnson was furious when he came back to work after recovering from coronavirus to find that untested patients had been discharged to care homes in England, allowing COVID-19 to spread.

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