Health & Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock has once again denied a claim by Dominic Cummings that he promised the PM in March last year that all people discharged from hospital to care homes would be tested for COVID-19.
In evidence given to MPs this morning, Mr Hancock said that “people would be tested when testing was available”.
Chair of the Science & Technology Committee Greg Clark said Mr Cummings had failed to provide written evidence to back up his claim.
Mr Hancock said it was “telling” that Mr Cummings had provide no evidence to back up his claim.
The Health & Social Care Secretary said he had followed clinical advice from SAGE at the time that asymptomatic testing would be ineffective and provide false negatives.
“The most important things was infection prevention and control in care homes,” he said.
The Health & Social Care Secretary said community infection posed the greatest risk to care homes, adding: “Staff testing was the important thing for keeping people safe in care homes.”
It has been estimated that at least 16,000 elderly patients discharged from hospitals to care homes during the height of the pandemic were not COVID-19 tested.