[18/11/2020 | No comment]

As it stands, only 67 out of 151 local authorities have been able to designate a Covid-only care home in their area.

This isn’t just bad for care homes, but also for the NHS, which desperately needs all capacity to treat Covid patients and bring down the huge backlog in cancer and other waiting times. The government must set out what it will do to ensure places are available in every part of the country as a matter of urgency.

Read the full story in The Guardian.

[16/11/2020 | No comment]

During a debate in Parliament last week, I called on the Government to learn lessons from the pandemic’s impact on people with dementia.

The majority of dementia patients are cared for in the community and in their own homes – and yet these care settings have not received the attention and priority that was needed during this pandemic. Home care workers need testing just like care home staff, and family carers need extra support to prevent them from burning out.

You can watch my speech online, or read it on Hansard.

[16/11/2020 | No comment]
The Government’s pilot on testing families with loved ones in care homes fails to meet the urgency or the scale of the task.
I spoke to BBC Radio 4 Today about the new pilot programme – listen to the full interview on BBC Sounds.
[14/11/2020 | No comment]

The Daily Mail are campaigning to ensure families can reunite with loved ones in care homes this Christmas. This is a vital campaign which I urge everyone to back.

We’ve been calling for the Government to make families with loved ones in care homes a priority for testing since June, just as is supposed to happen for care home staff.

Unless the Government changes course many care home residents will end up fading fast and their families will suffer the pain and sorrow of not being able to see the people they love and care about most.

Read more in the Daily Mail.

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