Pressure mounts on Matt Hancock over Covid nursing home policy

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Matt Hancock faces additional pressure on measures put in place to protect nursing homes at the onset of the coronavirus pandemic following allegations by Dominic Cummings that he misled the Prime Minister on the matter.

Woman whose father died of Covid at nursing home who admitted infected patient to hospital demands Health Secretary release crucial internal documents on her risk assessment before thousands are discharged in nursing homes without testing.

The decision is part of a potentially explosive lawsuit against Hancock, the NHS Commissioning Board and Public Health England, scheduled for a three-day trial in October. He is likely to shed new light on this week’s demand and counter-demand between the Prime Minister’s former chief adviser and Hancock on nursing home policy in the early weeks of the pandemic.

Cathy Gardner, who lost her father, Michael Gibson last April, said her lawyer was looking for key documents ahead of the fall hearing to decide whether the discharge policy broke the law. Government research this week concluded that hospital discharges caused 286 Covid deaths, but the true toll is likely much higher when deaths that were not tested before death are counted.

Cummings told MPs about a discussion within government about the risks associated with the landfill policy, which he recalled as “Basically,” Wait, that sounds really dangerous, are we sure?

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