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Care home manager: Hospitals were hiding Covid-positive patients

Theresa Steed, home manager at Tunbridge Wells Care Centre, told the joint Science and Technology Committee and Health and Social Care Committee hearing that hospitals were not helping care homes to deal with the crisis. She said the home refused to accept certain patients because hospitals could not give evidence of what checks had been made, and “they weren’t prepared to give us the information we needed”. She told the committees: “It’s the actual fact that it was being hidden, we all needed to be given the information and the facts to be able to deal with it, not hide things, because we’re actually working in it together, but it was a case of actually the hospital had the information, the community didn’t."

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