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Care workers left without PPE

Care home staff left without PPE as NHS prioritised at start of the pandemic BBC

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Care workers among highest Covid death rates, ONS stats show

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said 7,961 deaths involving coronavirus in the working age population – those aged 20 to 64 years – were registered between March 9 and December 28 2020. More information here.

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Social care sector to get £269m boost

Social care sector to receive £269 million to boost staffing levels and testing Funding to protect and support staff and residents in care homes and those receiving help in their own homes. New £120million fund for local authorities to boost staffing levels £149million grant system to support increased testing in care homes More information here

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Care homes next as UK vaccine uptake reaches 2.2m

All residents and staff in over 10,000 care homes across the country will be offered a vaccine by the end of the month, the government said, and everyone in England will be within 10 miles of a vaccination site or, for a small number of highly rural areas, the jab will be brought to them […]

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Care homes criticised by health watchdog

The Care Quality Commission has found serious faults in some English care homes’ Covid defences – it reports carers with virus being told to work in some homes, poor isolation and incorrect use of PPE Guardian

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Call to PM to protect people who need care

An open letter from over 100 organisations has called on the Prime Minister and political leaders to protect the human rights of those needing care. The open letter, which was published to mark Human Rights Day last week, highlighted that older people, disabled people, BAME communities and many others have disproportionately suffered during the pandemic Home […]

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Most Brits want alternative options to care homes, survey finds

Almost three quarters of people are interested in moving to somewhere that offers care on site, while 94% want the government to create alternatives to care homes. A new survey shows that more than half (56%) of people are interested in moving, rising to 70% if to somewhere with care and support, but lack good local downsizing […]

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Daily Mail donated masks to NHS from Uighur factory in China

A charity set up by the Daily Mail to buy protective equipment for NHS staff donated 100,000 face masks suspected of being made by workers in a controversial Chinese labour programme. More details from the BBC site

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Unpaid carers save UK £530m a day

With every day of the COVID-19 pandemic that passes, unpaid carers are saving the UK state £530 million in the care they provide, new research by charity Carers UK shows.

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Social care faces overspend

Councils face an adult social care overspend of £468m this year as Covid-19 has triggered deepening needs relating to safeguarding, domestic abuse, carer breakdown and hospital discharge, directors have warned Community care