Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:38 pm on 17th June 2020.

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Photo of Emma Lewell-Buck Emma Lewell-Buck Labour, South Shields 12:38 pm, 17th June 2020

Despite the virus being with us since January, it took until mid-April for the Government to issue guidance for routine testing to take place before discharge into care homes, and now, regardless of whether or not people have the virus, homes are still expected to take residents. Every week, I speak to distressed staff and heartbroken families. Over 16,000 people have died in our care homes. Does the Secretary of State accept any responsibility for that?