He first wrote an open letter to every MP in November 2018 highighting fears over funding. Only a handful had the courtesy to send an acknowledgement, never mind a substantive response to a defining issue ignored by successive governments.
All politicians have an open invitation to visit his Saint Cecilia’s Care Home in Scarborough. They’ve declined the offer. If they had, the sector may have been better equipped when patients infected with Covid were discharged by hospitals last year – and when Mr Padgham warned Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock about the crisis.
In another letter on April 18 last year, he told the Secretary of State: “Care and nursing homes have been taking people in through their doors whether they have Covid-19 or not and have been ill-equipped to cope. Under-resourced, under-funded and under-valued. Now that neglect is laid bare.”
Shamefully, he’s still waiting for response. Yet this is made even more galling by the fact that this failure to protect care homes, a scandal that ultimately claimed thousands of lives, has only been given national prominence since Boris Johnson’s former aide Dominic Cummings effectively accused the Health Secretary of being deceitful on this very issue.
Yet, while many question the integrity and motives of Mr Cummings, it is clear that Ministers did ignore multiple warnings about the care crisis when they should have been working with the sector to tackle countless policy shortcomings. If Mr Hancock can’t bring himself to do so, he needs to answer this question: Why not?
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