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Data on Covid care home deaths kept secret ‘to protect commercial interests’

Exclusive: English and Scottish regulators refuse to reveal homes with most fatalities

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Covid-19 death tolls at individual care homes are being kept secret by regulators in part to protect providers’ commercial interests before a possible second coronavirus surge, the Guardian can reveal.

England’s Care Quality Commission (CQC) and the Care Inspectorate in Scotland are refusing to make public which homes or providers recorded the most fatalities amid fears it could undermine the UK’s care system, which relies on private operators.

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