West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper commented:
“It is deeply saddening to hear of the high number of deaths in care homes due to Covid-19, my thoughts are with all their families, friends and carers.
“Undeniably the Government were far too slow to give social care the support it needs, too slow with testing and there wasn’t enough appropriate PPE supplied to carers.
“There are so many questions which need answering including ‘Why were the desperate calls for PPE in care homes ignored?’ ‘Why weren’t those in care homes with Coronavirus not sent to hospital where necessary?’ ‘Why were patients not tested for Coronavirus before being returned to their care home?’
“All these questions and more, could shed a light on the rapid spread of Coronavirus within the care home sector and why vulnerable people and their carers were exposed to this awful virus.
“Local suppliers of PPE to care homes were running out of stock and contacted me as their normal wholesalers weren’t getting their stock which was being diverted at source to the NHS. Questions need answering about why we didn’t have sufficient stockpiles of PPE and why some masks were delivered years out of date.
“It’s time that NHS and Social Care were integrated properly and that the staff and elderly vulnerable patients in care homes were safeguarded and their lives valued.”