Dominic Cummings: 5 claims fact-checked

Dominic Cummings in Parliament


By Reality Check team
BBC News

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The prime minister’s former chief special adviser, Dominic Cummings spent seven hours giving evidence to parliamentary committees about the government’s response to the pandemic.

Mr Cummings was highly critical about policies and individuals – including the Health Secretary Matt Hancock and Boris Johnson.

We’ve looked at the context around some of his claims.

“We were told categorically in March that people would be tested before they went back to care homes. We only subsequently found out that that hadn’t happened.”

Mr Cummings claimed that Matt Hancock had told him and the prime minister that people were going to be tested before they were sent back from hospitals to care homes.

He is correct that this did not happen until well into April, but we can’t verify what Mr Hancock said to Mr Cummings and Mr Johnson at the time. A spokesperson for the health secretary has rejected the claims.

On 19 March, NHS guidance said that “unless…