Thursday 28 May 2020 / 9:44 PM Liz Kendall / Social Care

Liz Kendall comments on the block-booking of beds in care homes at the start of the pandemic

Liz Kendall MP, Shadow Minister for Social Care, commenting on the block-booking of beds in care homes at the start of the pandemic, said:

“Throughout this pandemic the Government has been far too slow to protect care homes and this is yet another sign that the ‘protective ring’ around care homes just didn’t exist.

“While the Prime Minister has claimed that there wasn’t a concerted effort to move people out of hospitals into care homes, this shows the opposite, and that Government measures to quickly discharge people from hospitals may have contributed to the tragedy that has unfolded in social care.

“Ministers must learn lessons from what has happened so far. They must get a grip of this crisis, implement a full strategy for supporting care homes, and give care services the priority and resources they deserve.”