Piers Morgan: GMB host rips into Boris Johnson over care home ‘negligence’ amid backlash

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Piers Morgan, 55, has been vocal on Twitter about the UK Government’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic and this was no different today. The Good Morning Britain host laid into Boris Johnson after the Prime Minister claimed that care homes didn’t follow proper procedures during the crisis.

In view of his 7.6 million followers, Piers claimed it was “negligence” which resulted in the coronavirus crisis within care homes.

He wrote: “Boris Johnson blaming care homes for the care home epidemic HIS negligence caused is beyond contempt.”

Piers’ tweet comes after the Prime Minister received some backlash for his comments during an interview yesterday.

Speaking to the BBC, Boris said: “We discovered that too many care homes didn’t really follow the procedures in the way that they could have.


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“But we’re learning lessons the whole time. One of the most important things is to fund the problem. So we’re talking another £600 million into Covid compliant care homes.”

He went on to say: “But we will also be looking at ways that the care sector long-term is properly organised and supported so that the absolutely crucial part of people’s lives is properly cared for.”

Care homes have been at the centre of the coronavirus crisis in the UK.

Almost 30,000 more care home residents in England and Wales died during the outbreak than during the same period in 2019 – with two-thirds of those deaths attributed to the virus.

Piers addressed the care home issue during Good Morning Britain with his co-host Susanna Reid and Dr Hilary Jones.

The broadcaster fumed: “The bottom line is Hilary in a global pandemic it’s the government’s responsibility to protect the people of this country.

“It’s no good saying, ‘The care homes are private,’ that’s not how this works. In a global pandemic, the government is responsible for protecting the citizens.

“It did not provide care homes with adequate PPE, they were second class citizens from start to finish with this epidemic until they were shamed into changing their attitude.”


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Piers continued: “25,000 people were taken out of hospitals, very quickly and put back into care homes without care homes and that is how the epidemic started.

“They decided care homes and the people in them weren’t as important as hospitals and people in those.”

Later, Susanna read out a tweet she received from a care home worker who slammed Boris’s remarks and explained health workers were following correct procedures.

The health care worker, who wanted to remain anonymous, criticised him for “clapping for carers” if he intended on blaming them for the pandemic.


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Piers agreed and remarked: “Clap for carers and then blame them.”

Elsewhere, the GMB host announced he will be taking a break from his presenting duties at the end of this week.

Piers and Susanna usually take a break from the show when there are school holidays.

A representative for GMB told Express.co.uk Piers and Susanna will return in early September with a range of presenters covering for them over the summer.

Good Morning Britain airs weekdays on ITV at 6am.

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