After admitting that deaths from COVID-19 in care homes have been “too high” Prime Minister Boris Johnson has promised a £600m package to tackle coronavirus infection control.
The PM made the announcement during Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday 13 May as the Government tries to explain the number of outbreaks and deaths in care homes.
The money will be welcomed if it finds its way into the sector which, according to Nadra Ahmed chair of the National Care Association, had been completely abandoned by the government and she questioned the reliability of the scientific advice given.
Figures released this week revealed that care home deaths accounted for around 40% of all coronavirus-related fatalities in England and Wales in the week ending 1 May.
Chair of the Independent Care Group Mike Padgham hoped the £600m would be new money for the sector but he fears more funds could be needed.