Good Morning Wednesfield -Saturday and it is Grey and Wet!

One of the major news stories that are around this morning is this one that caught my eye. I am sure like me there are plenty of people , wondering what the real position is in our Care Homes.

The Guardian news paper are saying that -UK home care providers are on a knife edge.

The United Kingdom Homecare Association has warned that financial pressures resulting from the coronavirus crisis could force a significant number of the UK’s 8,000 home care providers to close “within weeks.” The home care industry, about 97% of which is provided by independent providers, has warned that vulnerable adults now face being “abandoned” to die alone at home. Colin Angel, policy director for the professional association of home care providers from the independent, voluntary, not-for-profit and statutory sectors, said: “Home care is the forgotten cousin of the already second-class social care sector, both in terms of lack of attention and understanding from government.”

Also in the newspapers this morning is an article that suggests -Studies suggest higher number of COVID-19 cases in care homes. A survey by has seen 42% of care home workers polled reveal they are dealing with suspected cases of COVID-19, and 28% said they were dealing with cases that had been confirmed, despite the Government putting the official figure at 17%. A further 12% said they were aware of staff who had tested positive. A separate study by healthcare consultancy Candesic suggests the true death toll from coronavirus in care homes in England and Wales could be as high as 6,000. This is significantly above the latest official figures for the week ending April 3, when the number of people registered to have died in care homes was 3,769.

Phil Bateman

Phil Bateman is Married to Mary and lives in Wednesfield North. He was a long serving local politician having served previously on the now defunct West Midlands County Council... read more