ONS on non-COVID deaths. Kathryn Smith's personal response

05 June 2020

The Office for National Statistics has released an analysis of death registrations not involving coronavirus (COVID-19) in England and Wales for the first four months of 2020.

Social Care Institute for Excellence Chief Executive Kathryn Smith, who is featured on ITV News today talking about her family situation, says:

I know from personal experience how confusing this situation has been for people and their families. My Aunt died in a care home in April and it was difficult to find out whether she had been infected by COVID-19. It made the whole situation, including the funeral that we had to join online, all the more challenging. I have also heard from a number of people who say that the disruption of lockdown has brought forward the death of their relative with dementia. So COVID-19 deaths, and undiagnosed COVID-19 deaths, have been devastating; these figures suggest a higher death rate for non-COVID-19 deaths because of the lockdown and pandemic.

Social Care Institute for Excellence Chief Executive Kathryn Smith continues:

This unintended consequence is deeply concerning. It’s not just in adult social care settings that there’s a crisis. We’ve heard of the ‘hidden pandemic’ of domestic abuse and how social workers are struggling in children’s and families teams. We need firm action now and for the future to make sure that preventative services are in place; to stop any more waves of COVID-19 from infecting care settings and to stop the secondary damage that COVID-19 is having on people’s lives. We need reform of social care and it cannot be put out to the long grass yet again.

Press Contact

Email: media@scie.org.uk
Mobile: 07739 458 192