Boris Johnson refuses to apologize for accusing caregivers of looking after coronavirus deaths



Downing Street notes that Boris Johnson has not apologized or formally withdrawn his claims that some care homes have "not really followed policies" to protect residents and staff from coroners.


Broadcasters Pierce Morgan blamed home operators for the nearly 20,000 deaths from the Covid-19, which was "abhorrent".

But his official spokesman was questioned eight times during a press conference this morning, asking whether the Prime Minister was apologizing for his comments and apologizing or withdrawing his comments.

Instead, the spokesman repeated the same statement issued by Downing Street last night and was furious over her comments.

Asked to explain the high number of deaths in care homes during a visit to Yorkshire on Monday, Mr. Johnson said: "We have found many care homes that do not really follow the procedures they can do."

Mark Adams, who runs a charity called Community Integrated Care, told BBC Radio 4's Today program that the Prime Minister's comments were "cowardly" and "a mockery of leadership."

Mr Adams said: "If this is really their point of view, I think we're almost getting into the Kafkaesque alternative reality, where the government sets the rules, we follow them, they don't like the results, they refuse to set the rules, and they make mistakes.

Mr Johnson, of the National Care Forum, said the comments were "absolutely inappropriate" and "highly degrading" for the care of workers.

Forum executive director Vic Rainer said care homes followed the "letter to" guidance, but the government's focus was on hospitals.

Asked whether the prime minister would apologize or withdraw his statement, his spokesman simply said: “At the time of the epidemic, care homes did a fantastic job in very difficult circumstances.

“The PM points out that nobody knows what the right approach is because the extent of asymptomatic transmission is unknown at the time.

"We have developed a comprehensive action plan to protect care homes, including rigorous testing and additional funding for PPE."

In a series of eight questions, Mr. Johnson asked why he did not say these things yesterday, and whether the caretaker home operator and staff were "trying to do something wrong", P.M. He prefers his choice of whether to apologize or withdraw comments and try to "pass the buck" on government failures on frontline employees.

To answer each question, he repeated the same statement.

According to official estimates, more than half the care homes in England were hit by Kovid-19, one in five people were infected and 7% were staffed.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock is furious over the decision to discharge the infamous 25 thousand hospital patients who "throw a protective ring" around them.

The fate of many care home residents has resulted in the NHS failing to provide adequate personal protective equipment (PPE) with the necessary supplies.

It wasn't until April 15 - nearly a month after the lockdown began - that Mr. Hancock promised to take tests before finally hiring all the patients.

But the Prime Minister, queried in the East Yorkshire Goal, pointed to the poor practices: "One of the crises is that we need to think about how we can improve our social care package.

“We have found many high-care homes that do not really follow the procedures they have, but we are learning a lesson the whole time.

"What's most important is that they get the right funding ... but we also look at ways in which the care sector is well organized and supportive in the long run."

Mike Padham, head of the Independent Care Group (ICG), said: "We should not get into the blame game and criticize the care and nursing home is wrong at the moment."

The majority of providers "did their part in the face of slow and contradictory advice," and "the providers were working in the dark of what they had to do and supported them with a ketch on the back of Gaya. In those circumstances, he did wonders."

Ms Rainer said: "Government guidance in this area has stopped and started - with more than 100 additional guidance agencies in a single day, most of which do not understand the operational implications of operational care."

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