A joint report by the House of Commons All Party Health and Social Care and Science and Technology Committees says the UK’s failure to prevent the spread of COVID-19 pandemic was one of the worst ever public health failures.
Focusing predominately on England, the report criticises delays in introducing a county wide lockdown. The delays in dealing with the pandemic meant that certain vulnerable groups such as care home residents and people with learning disabilities were particularly susceptible to the virus, and the government did not prioritise the social care sector at the outset. In particular the report criticises the rapid discharge of patients from hospitals into care homes. Also lack of testing of social care staff meant that the virus could enter care homes from the community.Continue reading “Report critical of the UK’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic and effect on care homes”