Care worker death rate: SCIE comment
11 May 2020
Office for National Statistics figures today reveal that people working in social care in England and Wales have been found to be statistically significantly higher than the rates of death involving COVID-19 among those of the same age and sex in the general working-age population. Kathryn Smith, Chief Executive at the Social Care Institute for Excellence has responded by saying that these shocking figures need to go down.
Kathryn Smith says:
These are shocking figures. When the lockdown started and cases of COVID-19 increased, people were quite rightly worried for those working in the NHS. It appears that, in the first month or so of the pandemic, social care workers, despite putting their lives at risk and continuing to make a difference to people’s lives daily, were unfortunately a forgotten front line. What was needed then and what’s needed now is consistent and continuous testing; and the provision of protective equipment with training on how to wear it.
Kathryn Smith continues:
There is some hope though. These figures are up until 20 April and we at SCIE hope that the increased awareness of social care amongst policy-makers and the population at large will see care providers having easier access to protective equipment; and for testing to be ongoing and continuous in care settings. The care and support workforce have acted like heroes but they also deserve to see these figures decline as quickly as possible.
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