Care homes cautiously welcome PM promise of extra £600m to fight COVID-19

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.

Nadra Ahmed

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.

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  1. Mike Smith

    Essential reading. Reuters, who are independent journalists, expose our Government’s lies about their so called efforts to protect care homes.

    https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-health-coronavirus-britain-carehomes/exclusive-review-contradicts-boris-johnson-on-claims-he-ordered-early-lockdown-at-uk-care-homes-idUKKBN22R1NA

    https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-health-coronavirus-britain-elderly-sp/special-report-in-shielding-its-hospitals-from-covid-19-britain-left-many-of-the-weakest-exposed-idUKKBN22H2EI

    Even the BBC, who have not consistently challenged the Govt on this, have now produced this article.
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/52674073

    The awful truth is that at their daily briefings the PM and his Ministers are trying to rewrite history in Trumpian style…!!!

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