Care Homes: Coronavirus

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 21st May 2020.

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Photo of Caroline Lucas Caroline Lucas Green, Brighton, Pavilion

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies on care homes of the London School of Economics Care Policy and Evaluation Centre Study on the number of care home residents who have died as a direct or indirect result of Covid-19; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Helen Whately Helen Whately Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

On 15 May we published a Care Home Support Plan. This is the next phase of our response for care homes, using the latest domestic and international evidence brought together by Public Health England, and drawing on the insights of care providers.

The Government has made £3.2 billion available to help local authorities deal with the immediate impacts of COVID-19. In April we set out an action plan to support the adult social care sector throughout the COVID-19 outbreak, including ramping up testing, overhauling the way personal protective equipment is being delivered to care homes and helping to minimise the spread of the virus to keep people safe.

We are currently working with the Care Quality Commission and other organisations, including the Office for National Statistics, to understand how best to provide up to date information about deaths in care homes and elsewhere.

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