Sorry, but you are miss­ing the point about care homes

Metro (UK) - - TALK -

■ Belinda says it was the re­spon­si­bil­ity of care homes to en­sure they had suf­fi­cient PPE to cope with the coro­n­avirus (MetroTalk, Thu). It ap­pears she doesn’t know how things work.

Care homes – whether pri­vately run or not – take their ad­vice on what PPE is re­quired or, in­deed, ad­vice on any pub­lic health re­quire­ment, from the gov­ern­ment.

So if there’s a vir­u­lent form of flu do­ing the rounds, it’s the gov­ern­ment that will know, not care homes, and so it will be the gov­ern­ment that ad­vises the care homes on what to do.

Care homes can­not be ex­pected to have held suf­fi­cient PPE in stock to cope with such an event as Covid-19 un­less ad­vised by the gov­ern­ment. And that ad­vice was not forth­com­ing.

As to those who say, well, why didn’t they buy PPE when it be­came ap­par­ent Covid-19 was se­ri­ous? The ob­vi­ous an­swer is, from where?

The gov­ern­ment failed to en­sure sup­ply chains were in place, hav­ing ig­nored the rec­om­men­da­tions from Ex­er­cise Cygnus – a sim­u­la­tion held in 2016 into what would hap­pen if a flu pan­demic hit the UK. It may suit your agenda, Belinda, but you can’t stick this one on care homes, I’m afraid. Peter, Suf­folk

■ Prime Min­is­ter Boris John­son re­fuses to apol­o­gise for say­ing some care homes did not fol­low ‘the cor­rect pro­ce­dures’ dur­ing the pan­demic. I’m sad­dened and dis­gusted by this.

Boris has re­alised the huge mis­take he has made – that th­ese poor peo­ple were forced to trans­fer from hospi­tals to care homes with­out be­ing tested, and that care homes were forced to ac­cept them. He has now com­pounded his mis­take by blam­ing oth­ers. Dis­gust­ing. Mary, Cardiff

■ Mr John­son’s com­ments on care homes are ab­so­lutely dis­gust­ing. He should be made to apol­o­gise. My fa­therin-law is in a care home and the staff are amaz­ing. How they have coped with how the gov­ern­ment has treated them I’ll never know. John­son should be up in court for what he’s done. John Taylor, Wal­sall

■ It’s not sur­pris­ing care homes were in­fected with the virus – they didn’t quar­an­tine each per­son into their own room at the start of the out­break.

I live in a block of flats and at the very start we were told we must stay in our own flat, we were not al­lowed out into the cor­ri­dors.

The lounges were closed to all and no mix­ing of peo­ple was al­lowed. As a re­sult, we’ve not had one case of Covid19 and the res­i­dents are high risk, at 70 to 100 years old. Care homes could have done the same. Gle­nis Hop­kin, via email

■ Will this prime min­is­ter ever take re­spon­si­bil­ity? We’ve had the Do­minic Cum­mings af­fair, then Stan­ley John­son con­tra­ven­ing lock­down and now th­ese in­sult­ing com­ments re­gard­ing care homes. Can we ever ex­pect truth­ful an­swers? Betty, via email

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