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Matt Hancock to face more questions over Dominic Cummings’ allegations of lying


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att Hancock is today expected to face further questions about accusations made by Dominic Cummings as he appears in front of a select committee.

The Health Secretary was accused by the Prime Minister’s former chief aide of lying to Boris Johnson over coronavirus plans and being “disastrously incompetent”.

Among the explosive claims from Mr Cummings last month was that Mr Johnson was furious to discover that untested hospital patients had been discharged to care homes.

He alleged that Mr Hancock had told them both that people being discharged would be tested.

It comes as the Guardian reports that several of the UK’s biggest care home operators say they repeatedly warned the Department of Health about the risks of not testing such people in March 2020.

According to the paper, Care England raised concerns over “lack of testing in hospitals and in the care sector” with the Department of Health and Social Care “several times”.

The Guardian also reported the Care Providers Alliance told the Government to “prioritise testing for care residents” in March 2020 and emailed Mr Hancock directly to warn anyone discharged from hospital to social care settings “MUST be tested before discharge”.

Mr Hancock has since denied promising hospital to care home testing and told the Commons last month that it was not possible to test everyone leaving hospital for social care at the start of the pandemic because the capacity was not available.

He added “his recollection” was committing to delivering testing for people going from hospital into care homes “when we could do it”.

Care homes are likely to be the main topic of questioning during Thursday’s session of the Commons Health and Social Care committee.

Meanwhile Mr Cummings has been told by senior MPs that his allegations about Mr Hancock would be considered “unsubstantiated” if he failed to provide proof.



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