Readying the NHS and social care for the Covid-19 peak

Friday, 31 July 2020

This report finds that the government’s 'slow, inconsistent, and at times negligent approach' to social care in the Covid-19 pandemic has exposed the 'tragic impact' of 'years of inattention, funding cuts and delayed reforms', leaving the sector as a 'poor relation' that has suffered badly in the pandemic.

This was illustrated early on by the 'appalling error' committed when 25,000 patients were discharged from hospitals into care homes without ensuring all were first tested for Covid-19. The Committee is demanding from the government a 'three-point plan' by September 2020, ahead of the second wave, covering health, the economy, and the procurement of medical supplies and equipment.  More….