PMQs: Boris Johnson resists care home comment apology

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Boris Johnson has said he takes full responsibility for how events played out in care homes at the height of the coronavirus crisis.

It was in response to Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer, who asked the Prime Minister to apologise for remarks he made earlier this week when he appeared to blame care home staff for the Covid-19 death toll in the setting.

Speaking at PMQs, Mr Johnson told MPs: “The last thing I want to do is to blame care workers for what has happened or for any of them to think that I was blaming them because they’ve worked incredibly hard throughout this crisis looking after some of the most vulnerable people in our country and doing an outstanding job.

“And when it comes to taking blame, I take full responsibility for what has happened.”

Sir Keir responded: “That’s not an apology and it just won’t wash…The Prime Minister must understand just how raw this is for many people on the frontline and for those who’ve lost loved ones.”

The dispute was over comments Mr Johnson made earlier this week.

He had said: “One of the things the crisis has shown is we need to think about how we organise our social care package better and how we make sure we look after people better who are in social care.

“We discovered too many care homes didn’t really follow the procedures in the way that they could have but we’re learning lessons the whole time.”

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