Labour said Matt Hancock’s claim that it “was not possible” to test all residents of healthcare facilities for Covid before they were discharged from hospital last March is “just not credible” .
The Health Secretary has come under fire after a series of explosive allegations made by Dominic Cummings earlier this week, including that his so-called “protective ring” was “completely absurd” and that he lied to the Premier minister telling him that residents of health centers would be tested before leaving the hospital.
Last night he said he “was committed to putting the policy in place, but it took a long time to build the tests,” insisting that “it was not possible” to test everything. the world until capacity is strengthened, thanks to its target of 100,000 tests.
But Labor shadow care minister Liz Kendall said it was “just not credible” that testing could be reserved for nursing homes.
“Hancock now claims he was ‘boosting testing capacity’ … but he couldn’t find less than five percent of all Covid-19 tests done before April 20 for people discharged from hospitals to nursing homes, ”she added.
Kwasi Kwarteng, the business secretary, told Sky News: “As a cabinet colleague, I know he worked very hard. Very few people, if any, worked as hard as him.
“I fully believe it – the public inquiry will straighten out all these facts.”
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