Care crisis was blindingly obvious to councils – Yorkshire Post Letters

From: Coun Mike Potter (Lib), Pickering West Ward, 
Ryedale District Council.

Boris Johnson's comments on care homes continue to cause controversy. He made them during a visit to the Siemens plant in Goole.

BORIS Johnson accused care homes over the huge Covid-19 death toll, saying “nobody knew what the correct procedures were”.

Two weeks after the lockdown began, Pickering councillors were consulted about relaxing planning conditions on local occupancy of extra-care facilities at Pickering’s Mickle Hill Retirement Village in order to utilise spare capacity.

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We agreed but one of our conditions was “for the safety of existing residents, staff and carers, any person moved on to this site whether temporary resident or carers, must be tested for Covid-19 prior to movement”.

Boris Johnson took care home owners to task during a visit to the Siemens rail manufacturing plant in Goole.

We requested this simple and blindingly obvious condition without the help of a vast cohort of expert scientific advisers or the benefit of hindsight.

How remarkable that those in ultimate control, and where the buck allegedly stops, evidently didn’t impose the same common-sense condition countrywide.

From: Martin Fletcher, Thorpe Hesley, Rotherham.

I AM with Boris Johnson on care homes and coronavirus. Too many ‘fat cat’ owners did little or nothing for staff or residents until they had to.

From: Terry Palmer, South Lea Avenue, Hoyland, Barnsley.

LISTENING to Labour’s Shadow Chancellor Anneliese Dodds in reply to Tory Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s Covid mini-budget, I’m not surprised Labour got its biggest hammering since 1935 in last December’s General Election if Ms Dodds is the best they have to offer.

Seems nothing has changed with Labour.

From: Henry Cobden, Ilkley.

I COULD not have been more unimpressed with the response of Anneliese Dodds to Rishi Sunak’s economic statement.

I struggle to understand why a front-bencher of the calibre of Leeds West MP Rachel Reeves was not appointed to this post – she would have provided credibility at the very least.

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