End care settings being used as incubators for COVID-19

20 May 2020

Today’s Care Quality Commission COVID-19 Insight report concludes that that more than a third (36%) of care homes had been affected by COVID-19 as of 10 May. The report looks at all social care provision in the first few weeks of the lockdown.

Kathryn Smith, Chief Executive of the Social Care Institute for Excellence, says:

Back in March when the country went into lockdown, if we had been told that over a third of care homes would be affected by COVID-19 we would have found that deeply shocking and worrying. The fact that we’re perhaps less surprised than we should be by the 36% figure is possibly because we’ve become used to bad news when it comes to COVID-19 and care settings. This shouldn’t be the case. We need to expect the best for the people who need care and support. It’s time to redouble our efforts to keep COVID-19 infections down in all care settings, but this can only be done by regular testing, PPE availability and the ending of any hospital referrals of people with COVID-19 back to care homes. We have seen care settings as incubators for COVID-19. Let’s see that turned around so that no one is fearful of being supported in a care setting.

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The Government has announced that it is providing a variety of guidance, including on GOV.UK and is signposting, through SCIE, resources including tailored advice for managing the COVID-19 pandemic in different social care settings and with groups with specific needs.

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