Liz Kendall MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Social Care, commenting on statistics from the ONS that show a large increase in deaths in care homes compared to previous years, said:
“It is horrific to see such a large increase in the number of people dying in care homes, and it’s clear that the virus is having an even bigger impact on care home residents than was first thought.
“The Government has been too slow to get to grips with this problem. Despite recent announcements, there is still complete confusion about testing, with care homes telling MPs they have been unable to access tests. The Government’s own Covid-19 recovery strategy can’t guarantee that every care home for the over 65s will even be offered tests until 6 June.
“This is not good enough. Supporting people in care homes must be an absolute priority and the Government must now give social care the focus, resources and support it needs to stop the spread of this awful virus.”