[23/02/2021 | No comment]
This week, we discovered that only 69% of care home staff in England have been vaccinated against coronavirus. In London, this is as low as 52%. This is incredibly worrying.
We need a clear strategy from the Government, that addresses lies and misinformation about the vaccine. We also need a plan to increase take-up among key groups. This will save not only the lives of care staff, but those they look after too.
I asked the Secretary of State about these figures at Health and Social Care questions. Watch my question and the response above.
NHS England data on care home staff vaccinations is available online.
[23/02/2021 | No comment]

Official data shows that only 52% of staff in care homes for the elderly in London have have their coronavirus jab. This is incredibly worrying – the vaccine could save their own lives, as well as the lives of people in care.

The government must put in place a strategy to tackle misinformation about the vaccine and encourage far greater uptake amongst all frontline care workers working closely with care providers and trade unions. After so many deaths in our care homes, this is a matter of urgency.

Read more in the Evening Standard.

[22/02/2021 | No comment]

The Government have announced that from March 8, care home residents in England will be allowed one regular visitor. This is something Labour has been campaigning on since last June.

However, we need confidence that things will really change. We need legislation, to make visits to care homes a legal right, and end the blanket ban on visits.

Read more on BBC News and in the Daily Mail.

[17/02/2021 | No comment]

Labour has been calling for care home visits to resume for months. I wrote to Matt Hancock last June asking for families to be treated as ‘key workers’, with the same testing and PPE as staff. Now, we are almost a year into this pandemic, and blanket bans on care home visits are still in place. These bans have caused immense pain and sorrow for families, and harmed the health of their loved ones.

Care home residents are fading fast. Families cannot wait any longer to be reunited with their relatives. The Government must support calls to enshrine the right to family visits in law, and outline their plans to get family visits to start again. 

Read the full story in the Daily Mirror.

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