The Department of Health and Social Care has issued guidance setting out how Local Authorities can use the new Care Act easements, created under the Coronavirus Act 2020, to ensure the best possible care for people in our society during this exceptional period.
The guidance relaxes certain obligations, including the delivery of:
- detailed assessments of people’s care and support
- financial assessments in compliance
- prepare or review care and support plans in line with the pre-amendment Care Act provisions.
DHSC explains: “Local Authorities should do everything they can to continue meeting their existing duties prior to the Coronavirus Act provisions coming into force. In the event that they are unable to do so, it is essential that they are able to streamline present assessment arrangements and prioritise care so that the most urgent and acute needs are met.”
Dr Susan Kohlhaas, Director of Research and External Affairs at the MS Society, said: “These new measures could have serious consequences for health, safety and wellbeing. We understand difficult decisions must be made in order to protect lives, but those who depend on public services every day must also be protected, and should not feel threatened as a result.”
- Care provider representatives, including Care England, have asked legislators to change COVID-19 employment rules to allow furloughed staff to take up paid employment in the NHS and with social care providers without penalty.