Harlow MP Robert Halfon responds to PM comment “care homes didn’t really follow the procedures”
News / Tue 7th Jul 2020 am31 08:28am
HARLOW MP Robert Halfon has responded to comments by the prime minister, Boris Johnson over care homies handing of the Covid-19 pandemic.
There has been widespread anger when the MP said on Monday “We discovered too many care homes didn’t really follow the procedures in the way that they could have but we are learning lessons the whole time”.
We asked the Harlow MP, Robert Halfon, a “big Boris fan” the following questions.
1. Do you associate yourself with the PM’s comments?
2. Did they (care homes) follow the procedures?
3. Can you understand why there is so much anger and hurt this morning?
Mr Halfon said: “My experience having visited Harlow Care Homes as MP and meeting with some during the Coronavirus, is that they provide a service that is second to none. I would especially like to pay tribute to all the managers, nurses, carers and support staff at the care homes for everything they have done to keep residents and patients safe in very tough conditions – against the odds. I look forward to visiting Homes again when the Coronavirus is over.
Everyone will have lessons to learn after the Coronavirus – including the Government and the Science and Medical authorities. I am sure that there will be a proper national Inquiry so we can be better prepared if this awful pandemic – or another – happens again.
“I will be writing to the Prime Minister urging him to recognise the remarkable service that Harlow care homes provide. I wish everyone in the care homes – staff, patients, residents and their families all good health and safety at this time”.
There are occasions when Boris Johnson demonstrates the need to engage one's brain with one's mouth. To shift the 'blame' unto care homes is despicable. From the offset, elderly people were deemed most vulnerable but what exactly did the government do to help them, especially care homes? This was an unknown virus, no one had a clue what to do and yet with older people most at risk, one would think that with common sense prevailing - they would be supported. As per usual, elderly people are the oversight, after thought and forgotten.
Oh dear Mr Halfon, you were asked three questions and you failed to answer every single one of them. Why is that?
"Why is that?" He's a politician. It's worth remembering that following the correct advice and procedures is important. It's worth remembering what happens when you don't do that. https://www.theneweuropean.co.uk/top-stories/boris-johnson-coronavirus-advice-1-6583376 If anyone hasn't "followed the procedures in the way that they could have" it is this government.
This is a unfair unbalanced and frankly an insult to not only the staff but relatives as well. All homes have been underfunded and not respected for what they provide and achieve. Everyone pulled together and made a difference during this crisis. Another sad example of knowing the cost but not the value. Shameful.