Welsh providers will be involved in COVID-19 discharge policy, minister pledges

Care Forum Wales, health and local government spokespeople will be included in conversations to build confidence in the system ahead of any second wave of coronavirus.

“What I would not want is that we potentially have a further rise in coronavirus in September and our field hospitals are then full of people who could and should be in care homes,” Welsh health and social services minister Vaughn Gething has said.

In a recent speech, he assured Assembly members of his intention to have a holistic dialogue with care providers. He added: “To understand what the right answer is, how we build confidence in the system, how we understand the different harms that can be caused by making different choices. So, it’s not a closed-door response.”

The minister also encouraged care home providers and representatives to speak initially to their local health board – and then to his office – if homes are receiving discharged patients who have not been tested for COVID-19. Mr Gething added: “I would want to know if those issues aren’t being addressed in accordance with the ministerial decision on this that I have already made and communicated.”

  • Care Inspectorate Wales has published guidance on how it will provide assurance on the quality and safety of services during the COVID-19 pandemic.  
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