Moving patients to nursing homes at the start of Covid ‘was illegal’

An elderly woman walks down a corridor with the help of a walker.  seen from behind

Ministers insist they have put a ‘protective ring’ around nursing home residents (Image: Getty Images)

Discharging patients from hospital to nursing home at the beginning of the pandemic was ‘illegal’, Supreme Court judges have ruled.

They said government policies that allowed this did not take into account the risk to elderly and vulnerable residents who were particularly vulnerable to Covid.

Around the beginning of the pandemic, ministers insisted they had put a ‘protective ring’ around residents of nursing homes.

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