In an interview this morning Gordon Brewer said:

There is also a view. It was put by one columnist in a newspaper this morning very bluntly that at the beginning of this there was an understandable desire to clear out acute wards in hospitals in order to make room for what was expected to be a possible overwhelming surge in coronavirus patients and that in effect elderly people were dumped out of hospitals into care homes! Now there is a letter from NHS England but that wouldn’t apply up here which talked about getting 30% clear-out rates in hospitals. Did that happen here? Was there a spike in admissions to care homes in the middle of March?

It’s an allegation which will surely anger Tory leaders already keen to trim the wings of the BBC. The sacking of a former extreme leftist like Brewer would be a bonus for them.