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The government “illegally” discharges patients with Covid to nursing homes

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The High Court ruled that the government violated the law by failing to protect 20,000 residents of nursing homes who died from Covid-19.

Judges said the government’s policy of discharging patients to nursing homes from hospitals during the initial Covid-19 pandemic was “illegal.”

Lord Judge Bean and Mr. Judge Garnham ruled that the policy, published in detail between March and early April 2020, was illegal. Judges said the policy did not take into account the risks to the elderly and vulnerable nursing homes from the virus.

The court said that although there was a “growing awareness” of Covid’s asymptomatic transmission at the time, there was no evidence that former Health Minister Matt Hancock had addressed the issue in connection with the policy.

Dr. Katie Gardner and Faye Harris, whose parents died after being infected with the virus, have ruled.

“This is a challenge in court to six specific politicians adopted in the early stages of the pandemic,” Sir James Idi QC told the judges.

“Evidence shows that the accused worked (and continue to work) tirelessly to protect the population from the threat to life and health posed by the most serious pandemic in memory, and in particular sought to protect nursing homes and their residents. ”

“The legitimacy of the impugned decisions must be assessed in the context of the unprecedented challenge faced by the government and the NHS at the time, in particular in March and April 2020.”

An NHS England lawyer, Eleanor Gray, QC, said the case needed to be stopped.

A government spokesman told reporters: “Every death is a tragedy, and we have worked tirelessly to protect the population from the threat to life and health posed by the pandemic, and have made a special effort to protect nursing homes and their residents.

“We have allocated billions of pounds to support the sector, including infection control and prevention, free PPE and priority vaccination – with the vast majority of relevant staff and residents now vaccinated.”

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