Boris Johnson thanks Carers on Sunday only to blame them on Monday

07/07/20

In contrast to his recent warm words, on Monday 6th July, Boris Johnson actively blamed Care Workers for the death of thousands of Care home residents; in an attempt to shift blame from himself. He has refused to apologise.


Between 2nd March and 12th June, almost 20,000 care home residents died of COVID 19. This occurred because the government policy enabled over 25,000 ‘medically fit’ patients (those displaying no COVID 19 symptoms) to be discharged into care homes without any need for testing.


Throughout the pandemic, Boris Johnson, Prime Minister and MP for Uxbridge and South Ruislip, has joined millions of others every Thursday to clap for our Carers. Even as recently as last Sunday, 5th July, the 72nd Birthday of the NHS, he was full of praise for carers: on his Twitter, he posted “Thank you to the whole NHS family and all of our carers for all you have done and continue to do to keep us well and cared for”.


In an about turn, Johnson now he feels it appropriate to blame Care workers for the recent COVID 19 deaths in care homes. On Monday (6th July), in an interview with the BBC, Boris Johnson said that "too many care homes didn't really follow the procedures"; a statement that Mark Adams, boss of the charity Community Integrated Care, called “clumsy and cowardly”.


John McDonnell, Labour MP for Hayes and Harlington, posted on TwitterWords can’t express my disgust at Boris Johnson’s attack on carers. I know the risks care staff confronted as a result of Boris Johnson’s failure to provide the support care homes needed”.


Despite overwhelming evidence that evidence that his government’s policy is to blame, Boris Johnson has refused to apologise for his comments.