Matt Hancock continues to ‘shirk responsibility’ for pandemic lives lost, says UNISON   

Christina McAnea says ministers must show they ‘care about social care’

Commenting on evidence from former health and social care secretary Matt Hancock to the Covid inquiry today (Thursday), UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea said:

“Matt Hancock continues to shirk responsibility for the many lives lost on his pandemic watch.

“Saying sorry now rings hollow. Nothing can ease the pain for the families of care home residents and staff who died.

“They’re paying the price for his incompetence and will never forget Mr Hancock abandoned their loved ones.

“Social care was his brief, but he failed in his duty to keep thousands of vulnerable people and workers safe. His boast about a ‘protective ring’ was a complete fiction.

“If there are any lessons to be learned from this tragedy, ministers must begin by showing they care about social care. The government must fund the sector properly, boost staff pay and drop threats to limit the number of migrant care workers currently propping up the system.”

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