Letter: Lessons need to be learned after High Court verdict

I am sure I am not the only scientist who welcomes the verdict of the High Court that the Government acted unlawfully in discharging patients into care homes without testing them for Covid-19 infection.

By Tracy Smith
Thursday, 5th May 2022, 7:00 am

As we emerge from the pandemic, it is important we learn the lessons from our mistakes, to ensure they never happen again. The scientific evidence was clear early in 2020 that asymptomatic transmission of the virus was occurring.

I find it extremely disappointing to hear the Government claim that no-one knew about asymptomatic transmission at the time they developed the care home discharge policy.

The court judgement identified 20 separate occasions where ministers were told this kind of transmission occurred. SAGE, the scientific committee advising the Prime Minister, recorded that some asymptomatic transmission had been found on January 28, 2020, two months before we entered lockdown.

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The High Court says the Government acted unlawfully in discharging patients into care homes without testing them for Covid-19 infection.

I think we owe it to the people who died before their time, from this terrible virus, that these kinds of excuses put forward by the Government are challenged. This way we can learn the awful lessons of the pandemic and ensure they never happen again.

Paul Beers

Buxton

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