Councillor Phil Bateman said today!We are hearing reports that across the nation, Care homes are struggling to access PPE as COVID-19 cases rise.
The Local Government Information Unit is its daily briefing on todays edition of newspapers inform that, “Care home providers have criticised companies selling PPE for hiking prices by as much as 1,000%.
The National Care Association said when care homes are trying to source PPE “they are either being told it has been diverted to NHS or they are having to pay much more for it, which they do. It is an unsustainable situation”.
County Councils Network health and care spokesperson David Fothergill said: “County authorities have begun to set aside substantial sums of money to help out care providers who may need a temporary injection of resources”. He added: “The Government’s £1.6bn funding for Coronavirus related expenditure from councils is welcome, but early indications are that this will be insufficient”.
Meanwhile, cases of coronavirus in care homes are accelerating rapidly, with about half having residents with symptoms of the disease, according to MHA, the sector’s largest charitable provider. There is growing anger among operators and carers that social care has been given lower priority than the NHS for staff testing, PPE, medicines, retired nurses returning to work and support from the 750,000 NHS volunteers.”
Councillor Phil Bateman added “If this is indeed the situation, then we have to be very sharp in recognition and create a straegy that will tackle these issues.”