“Decision not to test every care home should be subject of future inquiry”

Labour Welsh Government finally reacts to care homes wake-up call – Delyth Jewell MS

The decision not to test in every care home in Wales should be the subject of a future inquiry, Plaid Cymru’s Delyth Jewell has said.

Responding to a U-turn by Ministers, who have announced that all residents and staff in care homes will now be tested, Ms Jewell said it was a “long awaited recognition” of what Plaid Cymru has been calling for.

She added that the evidence which supported the previous policy should now be published.

Plaid Cymru Shadow Minister for Local Government Delyth Jewell MS said,

“This is a long awaited recognition of what we have consistently argued for.”

“The tragic cases of Covid-19 in care homes and its prevalence within them should have been a wake-up call for the Welsh Government that testing everyone was a necessary life-saving step.”

“The refusal to do so up to now should be the subject of examination in the future inquiry.”

“While it is a welcome change of approach, Ministers must now publish the advice which informed the previous policy of not testing in every care home and how it has now changed”

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