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”

Designated settings for people with COVID-19 leaving hospital

28 April 2021 CQC is continuing to work with the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), local authorities and individual care providers to provide assurance of safe and high-quality care in designated settings, which are part of a scheme to allow people with a COVID-positive test result to be discharged safely from hospitals. TheseContinue reading “Designated settings for people with COVID-19 leaving hospital”

“How-to Guide” on Care Home Visits after 2 December 2020

John’s Campaign’s https://johnscampaign.org.uk/post/jcs-how-to-guide-on-care-home-visits-after-2-december-2020 The Guidance in force after 2 December 2020 is available here and can be used to remind care home providers of their legal obligations. The Guidance provides that: Blanket bans on visits are not permitted. Care Homes must carry out individualised risk assessments regarding visits in line with their legal obligations underContinue reading ““How-to Guide” on Care Home Visits after 2 December 2020”

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?”

Care Homes Report | As if Expendable | Amnesty International UK

As lockdown began, thousands of patients were sent from hospitals into care homes. In three months 18,562 people living in Care Homes died with COVID-19. Our report As if Expendable highlights the UK Government’s failure to protect older people in care homes during the COVID-19 pandemic Cases of coronavirus are rising again in the build-up to winter, theContinue reading “Care Homes Report | As if Expendable | Amnesty International UK”

Monthly testing in care homes is not enough – AT Today – Assistive Technology

Last week, the Government announced that it will introduce monthly testing for all care home residents in the UK and weekly tests for staff. Monthly testing in care homes is not enough – AT Today – Assistive Technology