Responding to the Prime Minister's comments today saying that "we discovered too many care homes didn't really follow the procedures in the way that they could have,” Acting Leader of the Liberal Democrats Ed Davey said:
"For weeks Boris Johnson told us he and his ministers had put a protective ring round our care homes. That was a lie and the public knew it. Today he is trying to shift the blame to those who risked their lives caring for our loved ones, ignoring the facts that they had to accept patients from hospital without tests and weren’t allowed proper PPE for weeks. He should be ashamed.
"From the very beginning of the pandemic, the Liberal Democrats and others were insisting that care homes needed to be provided with adequate personal protective equipment and access to frequent testing but Ministers utterly failed to ensure this happened. To try and claim that care homes were not following procedures properly is an insult to all those who tragically lost loved ones who were in care.
"There must be a full independent inquiry into the Government's handling of the coronavirus crisis. Not only must the Government learn from the mistakes that have been made so that a crisis in our care homes and communities like this can never happen again - but the Prime Minister and his ministers must take responsibility for them."