Matt Hancock has insisted the government “worked as hard as possible to protect care homes” – following the scathing criticism from Dominic Cummings this week.
The health secretary was force to defend himself twice in one day following the barrage of attacks from Boris Johnson’s former chief adviser.
One of the significant claims made by Mr Cummings was that Mr Hancock lied about Covid-testing people before they returned to care homes from hospitals in the first stage of the pandemic.
On Wednesday, Mr Cummings recounted how the prime minister was furious to discover in April 2020, that untested hospital patients had been discharged to care homes, adding Mr Hancock had told the PM just a month earlier – they would be tested.
When asked at a Downing Street news conference about the truth of the claim, Mr Hancock said it was not possible to test everyone being sent from hospitals into care homes due to the need “to build up the infrastructure for testing.”
Despite being repeatedly asked about the matter, Mr Hancock would not be drawn to give specific answers offering only generalised responses.