Tag Archives: Social care

UK has no clear PPE strategy for second wave of coronavirus, MPs warn | World news

The UK government does not have a clear strategy to acquire and distribute the equipment needed to protect clinical and care workers in a second wave of coronavirus, parliament’s spending watchdog has warned. The public accounts committee on Wednesday insisted that ministers should return after the summer with a detailed …

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Can I, a coronavirus ‘shielder’, find consolation in lockdown? | John Sutherland | Opinion

National hibernation the man called it. A refreshing winter snooze. For me what came to mind was not bears in the woods but imprisonment. “Lockdown” is jail jargon and it fitted. It was a version of the 19th-century philosopher Jeremy Bentham’s theory that incarceration should be isolation (the “separate system”). …

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Coronavirus: 4.5m people in UK forced to become unpaid carers | Society

An estimated 4.5 million people – three times the size of the NHS workforce – have been forced to become unpaid carers for sick, older or disabled relatives by the Covid-19 pandemic, according to research. Charities say the huge increase – a result of support services being withdrawn – has …

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After coronavirus, the NHS’s ability to provide care will be reduced, experts warn | Society

Nigel Edwards: Expect long waits for anything non-urgent With Covid-19 cases falling and hospitals treating fewer critically ill patients, one could think the worst is behind the NHS. But living alongside Covid-19 for the foreseeable future will mean stark choices. Even if a second wave is prevented, resuming routine hospital, …

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‘Three weeks of hell’: the peak of Covid-19 at hard-hit UK care home | World news

Tears flowed at Melbury Court in Durham as the Covid-19 death toll ticked up toward 26, the worst known outbreak in a UK care home. Only 20 of its 82 residents, many of them with dementia, escaped infection. Peggy Dixon, a fervent football fan who liked to reminisce about the …

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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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More than half of England’s coronavirus-related deaths will be people from care homes | Society

Care home residents are on course to make up more than half the deaths caused directly or indirectly by the coronavirus crisis in England, according to a new analysis. The study warns that the death toll by the end of June from Covid-19 infections and other excess deaths is “likely …

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