Boris Johnson challenged nursing properties for "outrageous" feedback

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson was heavily criticized for his comments on nursing homesReuters

Boris Johnson has wrongly accused nursing homes of failing to follow procedures during the coronavirus crisis, said Louise Morse of the Pilgrims & # 39; Friend Society.

The Prime Minister was under pressure to apologize for his comments earlier this week when he said: "We have found that too many nursing homes have not followed the procedures as they could have done, but we are learning all the time Lessons. ""

Morse, spokesman for the Pilgrims & # 39; Friend Society, a Christian nursing home provider, described the Prime Minister's comments as "outrageous."

She said he appeared to blame the high number of Covid-19 deaths ahead of an expected investigation into the government's response to the coronavirus crisis from the NHS.

She said that there were "no clear procedures" for nursing homes to follow when the virus spread across the UK and that PSA had been prioritized for the NHS, so nursing home providers like the Pilgrims & # 39; Friend Society would have to find their own.

"There were no clear guidelines and no tests," said Morse.

She said that despite the challenges, the Pilgrims & # 39; Friend Society "coped well with the crisis" and managed to find its own PPE "thanks to our brilliant and committed employees".

"Covid's experience has shown how weak the social care system is, and earlier this week the head of the NHS, Simon Stevens, said that a social security plan must now be drawn up," she said.

"Social welfare and the NHS are both part of the UK healthcare system and until social welfare is adequately addressed there will be pressure and failure in the NHS."

Johnson was criticized by the other parties for his comments.

Liz Kendall, Labor's shadow minister for social welfare, said: "Employees who have cared especially about the elderly and experienced things that the rest of us can only imagine will be horrified to hear the Prime Minister's comments. Boris Johnson should be it." Taking responsibility for his actions and fixing the crisis in social welfare, do not blame nursing homes for the mistakes of this government. "

Ed Davey, interim Lib Dem leader, said Johnson "was trying to shift the blame to those who risked their lives and cared for our loved ones."

The Prime Minister was challenged by Starmer on Wednesday and said, "The last thing I wanted to do was blame the nurses."

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