The Prime Minister’s comment that “too many care homes didn’t really follow the procedures” are disappointing, insensitive and demonstrate a lack of leadership.
These words will be a slap in the face for those who have been working, often under intolerable circumstances, to manage the pandemic. Care staff needed support and leadership to ensure they had the tools to tackle the virus.
Yet Government support and clear guidance, not to mention adequate and sufficient supplies of PPE and testing, have been sorely lacking. Care homes across England were often left to fend for themselves and felt like an afterthought. Sadly, this simply reinforces our view that the care sector is still out of sight and out of mind.
It is outrageous that, even before the pandemic has passed, the Government is blaming care homes for what have been its own failures.
We have been calling on the Government to produce a clear strategy for unlocking care homes, to ensure the rights of people in care are protected and to prevent a mental health crisis. Rather than pointing fingers, now is the time for the Government to show real leadership and provide care homes with the support they need to get through this next crucial stage of the pandemic.