Figures show 25,000 hospital patients were discharged to care homes without being tested (Image: POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

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Of the many failures by this Government during the Covid crisis none has been more grievous and appalling than the failure to protect care homes.

Places of sanctuary and respite were effectively allowed to become death traps.

The list of failings by ministers and officials is shocking.

The National Audit Office found that, at the height of the outbreak, 25,000 hospital patients were discharged to care homes without being tested.

As late as March 12, Public Health England guidance claimed it was “very unlikely” that people in care homes will become infected.

The list of failings by ministers and officials is shocking
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Staff were left without protective kit as resources were diverted to the NHS.

Only on June 7 was testing offered to every resident in a care home in England aged 65 or over.

As a result of these blunders, an estimated 20,000 residents died between March and June.

Legal proceedings have now started and it is right ministers are facing this reckoning.

They failed some of the most vulnerable people in this country at the time they most needed protection, care and compassion.

Legal proceedings have now started
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Parking row

OUR brilliant NHS staff have given everything since this pandemic started.

Working under enormous pressure, the very least they deserved was not to be clobbered by having to pay for hospital parking.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock claimed this charge has been lifted in England. Yet our investigation found at least three NHS Trusts who have brought back staff parking fees.

Those working on the front line, many on low wages, are being unfairly penalised.

Mr Hancock needs to keep to his word and sort this out once and for all.

Kitty witter

Scientists have come up with a gadget that will tell you exactly what your cat’s miaow means.

They claim it is purr-fect if your pet is feline chatty.