Tag Archives: Care workers

Government ignored warning to stockpile PPE as Covid-19 spread | World news

The government’s plan to distribute personal protective equipment (PPE) during the coronavirus pandemic was undermined because officials failed to stockpile gowns and visors despite warnings to do so, Whitehall’s spending watchdog has revealed. The report published on Friday by the National Audit Office (NAO) said this meant less than half …

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‘We locked down early’: the Scottish care home with no coronavirus | Society

Clair Anderson decided to lock down the care home she manages in mid-March, a week earlier than the others nearby. She cranked up the cleaning and told her 27 elderly residents, some as old as 97, that they had to start physical distancing and shielding. Susan Allison, activities coordinator, dances …

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Coronavirus: real care home death toll double official figure, study says | World news

More than 22,000 care home residents in England and Wales may have died as a direct or indirect result of Covid-19, academics have calculated – more than double the number stated as passing away from the disease in official figures. Academics at the London School of Economics found that data …

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Lack of PPE killed care home nurse who died of coronavirus, says her son | UK news

The son of a care home nurse who died after contracting Covid-19 has said a lack of personal protective equipment (PPE) is what killed his mother, as the family were forced to say goodbye via an iPad. In an online tribute, Ian O’Neal described Suzanne Loverseed, 63, as a “lioness” …

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Social care ‘an afterthought’ in UK coronavirus response, says leaked letter | Society

More people may be dying from coronavirus in care homes and the community than in hospitals, according to a leaked letter from care bosses that accuses ministers of a bias towards the NHS and treating social care as “an afterthought”. In a three-page attack on government strategy, seen by the …

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Care homes and coronavirus: why we don’t know the true UK death toll | World news

The UK death toll has risen past 12,000 deaths, yet we know that the figure is not the complete picture, as it excludes deaths occurring in other settings, including care homes. One care home told the Guardian a third of its residents had died, but deaths in care settings may …

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As coronavirus hits, Britain’s ‘vulnerable’ are terrified to see our rights removed | Jamie Hale | Opinion

Before Covid-19, both the NHS and social care were already in crisis. Overstretched and underfunded, hospitals were overwhelmed by winter flu and a backlog of people needing community care were waiting for pitifully limited provisions. Now the country faces a new crisis, these cracks have widened even further and people …

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