Covid: Government’s efforts to protect care homes

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has told MPs the government has been “straight with people” throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.

This follows a claim by Dominic Cummings, the prime minister’s former chief adviser, that Mr Hancock lied to colleagues about dealing with Covid in care homes.

The health secretary has dismissed these claims as “unsubstantiated” and “not true.”

Labour has demanded “full answers” on the government’s efforts to protect care homes, in which it said more than 30,000 people had died from Covid-19.

Appearing before a parliamentary committee investigating “lessons learnt” during the Covid crisis on Wednesday, Mr Cummings was scathing about Mr Hancock.

He claimed the health secretary “should have been fired for at least 15 to 20 things, including lying to everybody on multiple occasions in meeting after meeting in the Cabinet room and publicly.”


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