Care providers demand answers over COVID-19 funding

Care providers are calling for an urgent inquiry into the handling by local government of emergency COVID-19 funding.

In an open  letter to David Pearson, new chair of the Social Care Taskforce National Care Forum members complain that funds are still not reliably and consistently reaching the care frontline of care.  

According to evidence gathered by the National Care Association 66 per cent of members had received no notification of additional funding. “There has been no consistent approach to dispersal of the £3.2 billion to support providers.” 

In a survey, NCA members say that on average they have spent 907 per cent more on PPE during COVID-19, due in part to price hikes of 6000 per cent.

Almost two thirds of respondents (64 per cent) say they are now concerned about the sustainability of their service. According to the NCA, SMEs – the largest part of the social care sector – are the most vulnerable.

Nadra Ahmed OBE, NCA executive chair, said: The providers who run SME’s have invested their own time and money to meet the needs of some of the most vulnerable members of our society.

“This survey shows the impact of two decades of underinvestment by government to support social care as a whole. This is proof, if it was needed, that vulnerable people in care services have been let down by the state.

  • Scientist Dr Cathy Gardner is suing the government for  ‘unlawful conduct’ during the pandemic, putting care home residents at risk. Dr Gardner’s father, Michael Gibson, 88, was a resident at the Cherwood House Care Centre in Oxfordshire. Her case, relating to breaches of the European Convention on Human Rights, was filed at the High Court on Friday 12 June.
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