The agency that represents the NHS trusts says a lack of tests could have meant that some patients with COVID-19 were referred from hospitals to nursing homes.
NHS providers denied that trusts knowingly moved patients coronavirus in social care.
But group chief executive Chris Hopson said hospitals were only asked to “systematically test every patient because of their discharge to social care” until April 15 – after the spike in the virus hit. .
Hopson said it meant it was possible “that a very small number of COVID-19[female[feminine the patients, whose trusts were unable to test before that date, were referred to social care. “
Sky News has made numerous articles on the situation in nursing homes during the coronavirus pandemic.
This includes highlighting the fears of elderly patients discharge from hospital before they are good enough to return, as well as to signal that a number of threatening tips suspend funding to help nursing homes cope with the virus if they do not accept COVID-19 patients.
Boris Johnson said yesterday that a testing system is in place for patients ranging from hospitals to social care and has pledged an additional £ 600 million for infection control in nursing homes.
Speaking to Kay Burley @ Breakfast, Health Minister Edward Argar said the suggestion that nursing homes had been “abandoned” or “deprived” was “completely false”.
But Argar said the tests were initially focused on “front line NHS staff to make sure the NHS was there to take care of people.”
“You’re right to talk about … mid-April, when the capacity was there in the testing system to make sure that those who go to the nursing homes could be tested and in fact all the staff in the nursing homes”, said the minister.
Former Secretary of Health Jeremy Hunt said it was “very clear” that the tests for COVID-19 should have been speeded up earlier.
Speaking to the same program, he said, “This has led to one of the problems that have affected nursing homes, namely those who are discharged from hospital without being tested for COVID.
“Anyone with symptoms would not be out of the hospital, but we know that about half of the shedding of the virus occurs before people have symptoms. “
“Now that we have increased the testing capacity, we are able to resolve these issues. “
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The Labor Party has asked the Prime Minister to report official figures for 10,000 “unexplained” deaths in nursing homes last month.
Party ghost social care minister Liz Kendall said the government must “deal with this crisis, implement a comprehensive strategy to support care homes and give all social services priority and the resources they provide.” deserve ”.
Speaking to Sky News, ghost communities and local government secretary Steve Reed said the situation in nursing homes was “intolerable.”
He said the councils are facing a “£ 10 billion black hole” because of COVID-19, which could mean billions will be cut from adult social care unless the ministers take action.
Niall Dickson, CEO of the NHS Confederation, which represents organizations in the health care sector, said that nursing homes are the place where “the great battle with COVID-19 is raging” and that the sector has been “Neglected” for too long.
“When it’s over, it’s time to tackle our collective inability to take care of social care, which is nothing short of a national disgrace,” said Dickson.
Hopson said any public inquiry “will need to examine the role that lack of testing capacity and PPE has played in the high number of deaths in nursing homes.”
He added that “the scandal here is the repeated failure of politicians to solve our long-standing social services crisis.”
Prime Minister’s spokesman said yesterday that “there is a regime in place for people leaving hospital to be tested and that nursing homes have clear guidelines for saying that they should take all necessary precautions against the spread of the coronavirus on their premises ”.