Care Homes: Coronavirus

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 4th December 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, (a) what assessment he has made of the proportion of care homes that have suitable beds to enable the safe discharge and required isolation period relating to covid-19 for patients arriving from hospital, (b) if the number of suitable care home beds available meet the potential geographical demand under his department's modelling for covid-19 transmission, (c) if he has plans to increase this capacity and if he will make a statement.

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

As part of the Care Quality Commission’s (CQC) designation scheme, local areas are being asked to work with the CQC to identify a sufficient number of appropriate settings to be designated to enable the safe discharge and isolation of COVID-19 positive people before they enter a care home. We anticipate every local authority in England to have access to at least one assured facility. Local authorities will be able to identify more than one facility to be assured, to take into account geographical spread and size of the local area, the specific needs of particular cohorts, and increasing demands.

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