[01/06/2021 | No comment]

Public Health England’s report, written in October, claims that only 1.6% of outbreaks in care homes had come from inpatients who had been discharged from hospital.

The analysis in this report is based on people who were tested in hospital – when the precise problem was 25,000 elderly patients were discharged to care homes without a Covid-19 test – and on people who were tested in care homes, when again we know at the time care home testing was extremely limited and didn’t included anyone who was asymptotic.

Instead of using partial data to try and rewrite history and avoid responsibility for the tragedy in our care homes, Ministers should be straight with people about what happened, learn the lessons from what went wrong, and put in place the long-term reforms to social care that families desperately need to make sure these terrible mistakes never happen again.

Read the full story in The Observer.

[01/06/2021 | No comment]

Guidance from the Department of Health and Social Care at the start of the pandemic did not even mention the need to test care home residents before discharging them from hospital. This didn’t change until almost a month after the country went into national lockdown.

This is despite clear evidence of the terrible toll the virus was already taking in care homes in countries like Italy, and repeated warnings from care homes, trade unions and MPs.

In that time, 25,000 people were discharged from hospitals to care homes without a Covid-19 test. Mr Hancock now claims he was having to ‘build testing capacity’, but it would have taken less than 5 per cent of all the Covid19 tests that were done by 20 April to test every single one of these discharged patients.

Thousands of families who lost their loved ones don’t need Dominic Cummings to tell them the Government’s rhetoric about putting a protective shield around care homes was ‘complete nonsense’ – the evidence is there for everyone to see.

Read more in The Telegraph

[03/05/2021 | No comment]

I recently visited a brilliant 3 day pop-up vaccination centre at Barley Croft Community Centre in Beaumont Leys. These pop-up centres are vital to ensuring all community’s get vaccinated so we can move out of restrictions as soon as possible.   

I would like to say a huge thank you to all the NHS staff & volunteers working so hard to increase uptake and keep us protected and safe.

[16/04/2021 | No comment]

Liz Kendall with three staff and volunteers from the Peepul Centre vaccination centre in Leicester

Earlier this week I visited the Peepul Centre to see how the vaccination roll-out is progressing in Leicester. I’m so proud of all the staff and volunteers who are delivering the vaccine, and who are working to make it such a friendly and welcoming atmosphere.

With rates still high in Leicester, getting the vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and those you love. It will also help get rates down, so we can defeat this virus once and for all.

If you:

  • were aged 45 or over on or before 30 March 2021
  • are at high risk from coronavirus (clinically extremely vulnerable)
  • have a condition that puts you at higher risk (clinically vulnerable)
  • have a learning disability
  • get a Carer’s Allowance, get support following an assessment by your local authority or your GP record shows you are a carer

Then you’re eligible for the vaccine – book yours online.

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