Ministers deny coronavirus tests for care home inspectors

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(Source: The Independent)

Ministers have denied care home inspectors access to weekly testing for coronavirus - despite fears they could contribute to the spread of Covid-19 as cases rise across the country, The Independent can reveal.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) was told by the Department of Health and Social Care last month it could not have access to regular testing for inspection teams as the watchdog prepares for 500 inspections of care homes during the next six weeks.

Officials said the teams, who are assessing care conditions for the vulnerable and elderly, did not get close enough to people to present a risk. Labour MP Barbara Keeley told The Independent that the "deeply concerning" decision would put lives at risk.

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