Boris Johnson has been criticised for saying “too many care homes didn’t really follow the procedures” during the coronavirus outbreak.

The PM was responding to the head of NHS England’s call for reform in social care within a year.

Mr Johnson said it was “important to fund” the sector, but it needed to be “properly organised and supported”.

Shadow care minister Liz Kendall said “terrified” staff had been “told by the prime minister that it’s their fault”.

She told the BBC that care workers had been “abandoned” by the government, adding: “This attempt to shift responsibility is a new low.”

Care home providers have also condemned the comments by Mr Johnson, calling on him to start “turning the dial up on reform and down on blame”.

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