Matt Hancock ‘was warned of Covid care home risk in March 2020’

Exclusive: leading UK operators say they repeatedly raised concerns about not testing people discharged from hospital

Some of the UK’s biggest care home operators have told the Guardian they repeatedly warned Matt Hancock’s department about the risk of not testing people discharged from hospitals into care homes in March 2020.

Their claims are likely to increase pressure on the health secretary when he appears before MPs on Thursday to defend his handling of the Covid pandemic to a parliamentary inquiry.

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