Prime Minister Boris Johnson is under pressure to apologise after angering the Adult social care sector by blaming them for the COVID19 outbreaks which led to more than 20,000 deaths.
Boris plays the blame game, again!
ON a visit to a building site in Yorkshire; The PM told reporters “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 comments came after NHS England Sir Simon Stevens appeared on BBC’s Marr Show. Stevens claimed the UK’s adult social care system needed to be overhauled.
“The reality, however, is that after at least two decades of talking about it we do not have a fair and properly resourced adult social care system with a proper set of workforce supports.”
-Sir Simon Stevens – The Marr show.
Boris Johnson told reporters “One of the things the crisis has shown is we need to think about how we organise our social care package better and how we make sure we look after people better who are in social care.
“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.“
The PM’s words have triggered widespread anger, with professionals accusing the PM of playing the “blame game” with his failures. Evidence has been uncovered that shows Government could have acted to stop Coronavirus spreading into care homes; but chose not to.
The Guardian reported that Health care professional proposed a complete lockdown of all care homes; however, this plan was rejected by Government. With almost 20,000 care home residents dying from Coronavirus, and the many demonstratable failures of leadership; Boris’s attempts to pass the blame on those who had to fight the virus the hardest, have angered care home managers, union leaders; and most people who have been paying attention to Government’s terrible response to Coronavirus.
During the Coronavirus pandemic, care homes had issues with obtaining correct PPE; COVID19 patients were sent from hospitals IN to care homes and the general lack of COVID19 testing in care homes.
The chair of the National Care Association, Nadra Ahmed joined calls on Boris Johnson to apologise for his comments, telling Sky News “I’m absolutely stunned the prime minister thought it was appropriate for him to make that comment and I think he should retract that comment and apologise”.
Downing streets responce
Downing Street has responded on Boris Johnson’s behalf by refusing to apologise, instead, attempting to change the question by stating: “The prime minister was pointing out that nobody knew what the correct procedures were because the extent of asymptomatic transmission was not known at the time“.
The issues with COVID19 in care homes had nothing to do with asymptomatic or presymptomatic spread. The issues with care homes came down to a lack of testing of patients, and a lack of protection against spread.
The hollow, and tone-deaf response by Downing Street illustrates a growing feeling of contempt towards Governments and there lax, and at time dishonest response to Coronavirus.
Many would-be happy if the government, for once, put their hand up and took ownership of their mistakes; but sadly, we currently have a Government who are happy to make mistakes and fluent in blaming others for them!