3 July 2020 – the day’s press releases

Govt’s claim of protective ring around care homes “completely bogus”

Responding to the latest ONS figures showing almost 20,000 care home residents have died with coronavirus, Liberal Democrat Health, Wellbeing and Social Care spokesperson Munira Wilson said:

The devastating scale of the coronavirus crisis in our care homes is heartbreaking. It shows the Government’s claim that they had a “protective ring” in place was completely bogus.

We must learn the lessons of this crisis in real time. Alongside adequate protective equipment, routine testing for residents and care workers could not be more important. The Government must ensure every care home has access to regular testing now and for as long as is required to stop more families losing loved ones.

The failure to protect those in care is yet more evidence of the pressing need for an independent inquiry into the Government’s handling of this crisis. The Prime Minister must not try to dodge scrutiny or shift the blame for this. He must publicly commit to an inquiry process.

Govt must publish scientific basis for air bridges

Responding to the publication of the list of countries for which quarantine will not apply for people arriving back in England, Liberal Democrat Health, Wellbeing and Social Care spokesperson Munira Wilson said:

The coronavirus crisis remains deeply worrying, particularly for the most vulnerable. While we all want to get back to normal life, we must ensure it is safe to do so.

Where quarantine is concerned, the Government have been all over the place. Clearly, that hasn’t changed. People deserve better. To avoid yet further confusion, Ministers must publish the scientific basis for their decisions.

Underpinning everything the Government does must be the motivation to keep people safe. Ministers can only do that by delivering a comprehensive strategy to test, trace and isolate to prevent a new surge.

Govt shouldn’t need to mull on EU coronavirus vaccine scheme

Responding to reports that the UK Government is considering whether to participate in the EU coronavirus vaccine scheme, Liberal Democrat Foreign Affairs and Brexit spokesperson Alistair Carmichael said:

When it comes to saving lives, there should be no mulling to do. Joining the EU’s coronavirus vaccine scheme is not about the old arguments of Brexit. It is simply the right thing to do.

It is all very well Boris Johnson claiming he regrets the loss of life but if he then refuses to do something because of politics then his regret is worth nothing more than a bucket of cold sick.

The Prime Minister must put ideology aside and commit to participating immediately.

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6 Comments

  • Yes Brexit rears its ugly head re the vaccine.For the fanatics of Brexit anything to do with the EU is out of the question. Johnson should accept the offer to join the EU in this endeavour.
    Protective ring around care homes. They may have warned care homes to beware of the coming virus but it is the way Care Homes staff are provided. Some car homes have regular permanent staff who if they become ill can be sent home on sick pay. Those homes could manage on the remaining workers isolate in the home. However. care home staff also come from Agencies (as well has nurses).. These workers go from one home to another and could have spread the virus from one home to another. This equally applies to nurses passing the virus from hospital to car homes. If anything the structure of the industry should be looked at.

  • Chris Perry 5th Jul '20 - 7:57am

    Care Homes. There appears to have been a lack of understanding of the structure of health and social care from the outset as evidenced by the statements on the daily briefings. Care Homes are not, and never were intended to be, hospitals. Residents are just as entitled to hospital care, if that is what is required, as the rest of us. As soon as residents showed symptoms they should have been tested, and if positive, admitted to hospital where they could have had the benefit of oxygen, ventilators and intensive care which might just have saved their lives. All admissions to Care Homes should have been stopped the minute they stopped receiving visitors. Instead the NHS was discharging into Care Homes to free up hospital beds!!
    The majority of Care Homes and Home Care Providers are now in the private sector and yet Matt Hancock talks about “integration”. This implies a lack of understanding of both purpose and structure – see my earlier article.

  • As a former Convenor (Cabinet member) for Social Care in Scotland, I must say how refreshing it is to hear from somebody as well qualified, and who actually knows what he is talking about, as Chris Perry (a former Director of Social Care) on the subject of Care Homes. I really do wish you could get to the ear of and advise the Lib Dem parliamentarians on this important subject, Chris.

    Care Homes on both sides of the Border – but especially in England – have gone down the precarious privatised route….. with covid being spread by ‘here today gone tomorrow’ cheap agency staff. It’s time to begin to roll back the privatisation route where profit motive always seems to come first. Most politicians (especially the present Westminster lot) really don’t have a clue until something rears its head and bites them.

  • richard underhill 5th Jul '20 - 11:29am

    Labour’s Shadow Chancellor was on the Andrew Marr Show today, 5/7/2020. She was obviously unprepared on the anniversary of the creation of the NHS (5/7/48) of which many Labour politicians have been so proud for so long.
    The NHS Chief, Simon Stevens, did have an answer. There should be another Beveridge giant, dignity in old age.
    This question has been coming since Theresa May wanted to dismiss the previous Health Secretary. They had a meeting in Downing Street and he managed to hold on to his job with a newly expanded job title including Social Care. He is now a committee chairman and thereby influential among MPs and in the media on the most important issue of our time, Covid-19.
    Labour is obviously unprepared on what, with their history, should be an obvious question: What would you do?
    While the current government is willing to spend large sums of money they do not have, Labour are looking like a one-man-band. They should remember that Harold Wilson worked under Beveridge as a war-time civil servant and tried to be a one-man-band as PM. So, do we have a successor of the calibre of Vince Cable?
    We should note that the Irish have a three-party coalition including the Greens. We should not be narrow-minded about making use of ability in other parties, starting with the APNI and maybe including Greens in England and Wales.

  • richard underhill 5th Jul '20 - 11:42am

    Today’s Andrew Marr Show also interviewed the biographer of Donald Trump’s wife. She speaks the language of Slovenia, an EU member state, with some family members and friends which he does not, to his frustration.
    When choosing a Vice-Presidential candidate, he asked his wife to interview three people. She took two days and chose Pence because he is not ambitious (and therefore not a threat). He should remember that a previous VP went on to use the A-bomb on Japan, twice, saying “The buck stops here”. Opinion poll ratings for the Presidency have showed “Anyone but Trump.”

  • Chris Perry 5th Jul '20 - 12:35pm

    David Raw. Thank you for your kind comments. I am trying my best to engage with those about to re-organise health and social care. And would be grateful for any help you or others might be able to give in this respect.
    Clearly more of the same, only more so, will only make matters worse. There needs to be radical reform based upon a whole systems review of empirical evidence designed to reduce demand and improve both effectiveness and efficiency.

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