[06/04/2021 | No comment]

The Government looks set to announce new guidance this week allowing care home residents in England to have two regular visitors from the 12th April. 

Families are absolutely crucial for the physical and mental health of care home residents, and as infection rates in care homes continue to fall it is important that residents are able to reunite with family members as soon as possible.

However, this guidance will not be enough for those care home residents who are still unable to receive visits from their loved ones. To have any confidence that things are really changing, we need legislation to enshrine residents’ rights to visits and end the scandal of blanket visiting bans.

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[29/03/2021 | No comment]

All care homes in England have now been offered the vaccine. However, there are still a number of elderly people who haven’t been reached by vaccine teams.

The Government promised that all over-80s would be vaccinated by mid-February, and yet in some places up to one in four elderly people are yet to receive their jab. Many of these people will be frail, living alone, or housebound, and will be extremely worried about missing out on the vaccine.

Ministers must set out a clear plan to increase uptake, working with care providers, local councils and families to ensure the easiest possible access for those who are yet to be vaccinated.

Read more in the Daily Mail.

[25/03/2021 | No comment]

The latest report from the National Audit Office shows how the Government’s years of failure to get a grip on the social care crisis has left thousands without the help they need. This highlights what we have known for a long while â€“ that long-term reform for social care is needed as an urgent priority. 

The Prime Minister promised to fix the crisis in social care on the steps of Downing Street in July 2019, but eighteen months later this plan is still nowhere to be seen. The Government must bring forward their plans for reforming social care, and ensure that these vital services get the support and resources they so desperately need.

Read more in The Guardian and the Mirror.

The full report is available online.

[23/03/2021 | No comment]

I spoke to BBC Radio 4 Today about the urgent need for social care reform a year on from the start of the first lockdown. More than 31,000 care home residents have died from Covid-19 so far. This is a much higher proportion than in many other countries. As we look to build a better future for our country, we must address the flaws in the social care system and give social care the same level of priority as the NHS.

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