I'm not Nat but what other choice was there?
I keep trying to explain you can only do the best with what you've got at that time.
Covid was here, the priority was bed space at the NHS, there were always a large number of old people from care homes who in effect had been sent there to die and there was no ability at the time to test anything like the numbers of people to see if they were infected let alone use those tests on people who were only weeks away from dying anyway.
It was a choice of the lesser of two evils at the time to save the lives of those taken ill in the community and had beds to go to and had years of life in front of them if they were treated.
It was interesting to note one comment Chris Witty said only a few weeks ago when he said something like 'one of the mistakes we made was not knowing how care homes worked, namely that staff were often low paid, needed to work and were not paid sick pay, resulting in them working shifts in a number of care homes at the same time (I assume that inferred agency workers). What he was saying was that carers were picking up the virus, getting sick but not only still going into work but also working at the same time in other care homes and spreading the virus (and infecting other agency staff who were themselves working in yet other care homes). There were of course many care home workers catching the virus and showing no symptoms at all doing exactly the same.
This is what he said -
“This across the board this has been a major problem. Some of this I think comes from the fact we had not recognised what are in retrospect obvious but were not obvious points early on.
“For example, the fact that people working in multiple homes, people who were not paid sick leave – that is a clear risk. These were major risks in social care settings. There are a lot of things we have learnt that we can now do a lot better in social care and I don’t think any of us will look back at what happened in social care and say the ideal advice".https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/coronavirus-care-homes-chris-whitty-boris-johnson-a9630291.html
If you remember Johnson got himself in trouble a few weeks back when he made some reference about how care homes themselves added to the problems of deaths there which looking back now and since hearing Whitty's comment makes sense now.https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-53315178
Yes I know my first link seems to strongly imply Whitty was having a go at Johnson in the second link but take away the political spin that the paper has added ie -
Professor Chris Whitty has suggested care homes are not to blame for the severe problems they faced with coronavirus in an apparent swipe at Boris Johnson remarks on the issue.
...and Johnson politically want to shift some of the blame away from the government ie -
Boris Johnson has been accused of trying to shift the blame for coronavirus deaths onto care homes.
...and I think the two of them are talking about the same thing namely they thought they were doing the right thing sending the old back to the care homes to die in order to free up bed space in hospitals but never knew/had any idea that care home workers (agency staff) would in effect be the conduit of spreading the virus from care home to care home and wreak such devastation and loss of lives in that sector.