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CHM editor tells GB News of sector’s anger over COVID-19 management

Care Home Management Editor Ailsa Colquhoun has appeared on GB News To The Point TV programme this morning to speak about the Health Select Committee report, Coronavirus: lessons learned to date

Programme hosts Patrick Christys and Mercy Muroki asked the CHM editor about social care’s reaction to the Government’s handling of the pandemic and its treatment of older people, future funding of social care and the role of care homes in society.

The interview started at around 9.40am.  

The Select Committee report makes five main conclusions about the handling of the coronavirus pandemic in social care:

  • It placed massive strain on a social care sector already under huge pressure
  • Social care had a less prominent voice in Government during the early stages of the pandemic than did the NHS.
  • There were failings in hospital discharge of elderly people from NHS hospitals into care homes  
  • Staff shortages, the lack of testing, difficulties in obtaining PPE and the design of care settings to enable communal living hampered isolation and infection control  
  • Many pressures on the social care sector—such as funding and workforce—are longstanding and in need of urgent reform.  

The report makes several recommendations including:

  • More developed and explicit consideration of the intense interaction between the NHS and social care
  • Urgent long-term reform of social care
  • Additional resources to be directed to social care
  • Review of infection prevention and control measures in social care.

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