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Hospitals' deadly betrayal as Doctors sent elderly patients back to care homes despite knowing t

Hospitals may have broken the law by sending patients with Covid-19 back to care homes without telling their managers they had the virus.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has been told that several hospitals returned people despite suspecting – or even knowing – they were infected.

Tragically, these patients triggered outbreaks in the homes, claiming the lives of other vulnerable residents.

Staff at the care homes would have not realised they had the virus so may not have been wearing adequate protective clothing or taken other infection control precautions.

The CQC is investigating several cases after being informed by care home managers that hospitals discharged patients into their premises without telling them they had the disease.

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Kate Terroni, the watchdog’s chief inspector of adult social care, said: ‘We have heard of a few incidents where this has happened and it has resulted in infections spreading to other residents in the care home.

‘In cases where it looks like the information wasn’t disclosed by the hospital, we are looking at whether the hospital breached their regulations and whether we can take action. It’s an issue we take really seriously.’

The CQC enforces a series of regulations, enshrined in law, that health and adult social care services in England must comply with. Breaching some of these rules is a criminal offence and the watchdog can bring prosecutions.

The CQC is also investigating whether care home residents have died from noncoronavirus conditions due to a lack of visits from GPs.

The latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that the current death rate in care homes is four times higher than the five year average, and only a third are directly linked to the virus.

The watchdog’s warnings come after Boris Johnson admitted he ‘deeply’ regretted the situation in care homes, which experts say have become the new epicentre of the virus.

Latest ONS figures show care home deaths increased by 36 per cent in a week – as hospital deaths started to fall. There have been 5,890 coronavirus deaths registered in care homes in England and Wales so far, including 2,794 in the week to April 24, the most recent figures available.

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My view: The fact is, the truth will come out when COVID-19 crisis is over. It's better to hurt with the truth than comfort people with a lie. A woman that had a bad cough, chest pain and fever went to A&E, after several tests, she was told she had respiratory tract infection and was given antibiotics and asked to go home. It's obvious that the woman had coronavirus but the hospital refused to tell the truth. Also A&E departments are empty, as people were warned to stay away and for fear of catching coronavirus, you just wonder where they get their deadly daily figures from.

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