Covid-19: Official figures “underestimate” deaths caused by discharging patients into care homes

The UK government has admitted that its policy during the early stages of the covid-19 pandemic to have patients moved from hospitals to care homes may have directly led to subsequent deaths. Outbreaks of the virus could potentially be linked to the policy, says a report from Public Health England (PHE), because patients were notContinue reading “Covid-19: Official figures “underestimate” deaths caused by discharging patients into care homes”

Care homes have long been neglected – the pandemic has shown us how bad things are

A topic of The Conversation Care homes have long been neglected, partly due to widespread privatisation and low levels of funding for social care. We should all hope that the coronavirus crisis marks a turning point – and a change that means care homes are finally given the funding, staffing and support they so desperatelyContinue reading “Care homes have long been neglected – the pandemic has shown us how bad things are”

Did the UK Government Really Throw a Protective Ring Around Care Homes in the COVID-19 Pandemic?

Abstract: Journal of Long-Term Care Authors: Selina Rajan , Adelina Comas-Herrera, Martin Mckee https://journal.ilpnetwork.org/article/10.31389/jltc.53/ Context: COVID-19 has disproportionately impacted mortality in English care homes. Objectives: To examine COVID-19 policies for care homes in England and to describe providers’ experiences of those policies in May and June 2020. Methods: Mixed methods including policy analysis and anContinue reading “Did the UK Government Really Throw a Protective Ring Around Care Homes in the COVID-19 Pandemic?”