Call For Future Inquiry Into Decision Not To Test Every Care Home

Plaid Cymru say Covid 19 deaths should have been a 'wake up call'.

Plaid Cymru say the delay of introducing Covid 19 tests into all care homes across Wales should be the subject of a future inquiry.

Yesterday, Health Minister Vaughan Gething said testing would be extended this coming week.

Until now, only people who were in homes where there'd been a confirmed case of the virus were tested.

Shadow Minister for Local Government Delyth Jewell says coronavirus deaths in care homes should have been a 'wake up call' to introduce testing for all sooner.

She 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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