Joint Inquiry by Science and Technology Committee and Health and Social. take care of The committee found that in the early stages of “insufficient initial attention to social care”. Global pandemic Caused “Beijing”. Infection“In care homes, where more than 41,000 residents died. Covid 13 months to April 2021
The report, which examines the government’s initial response to epidemics, said that while the UK was “not alone” in taking significant casualties in care homes, “the tragic scale of the damage was the worst in Europe and Could have been reduced. ”
It continues: “Lack of priority given by witnesses. [afforded] Social care during the early stages of the epidemic was an example of a broad and long-term problem in the health and social care system.
The inquiry cites evidence provided by Professor David Oliver, a Consultant Geriatrine and Associate of the Nuffield Trust, who said: “Protect the NHS” means primarily an acute hospital bed base. To protect, with some thought about everything else. That was a mistake. ”
In total, 41,675 care home residents were recorded to die from covid between March 16, 2020 and April 2021 جو care home residents with more than one in four deaths due to all causes.
Between April and June 2020, the number of deaths from people receiving domicile care was 120% higher than the three-year average during the same period between 2017 and 2019, with a total of 13% confirmed cases of covid.
According to the report, the most “harmful” way in which the NHS’s “priority” over social care appeared during the first wave of the epidemic was to force people out of hospitals and into care homes without proper screening. ” I was. Who obtained evidence from more than 50 witnesses.
In order to evacuate acute hospital beds in the wake of the first wave of epidemics, NHS providers were instructed to discharge all medically healthy patients as soon as possible. It is safe to do so, and care home residents have not been tested on their discharge. From the hospital.
Between March 17 and April 15, 2020, about 25,000 people were discharged from hospitals to care homes.
The report states that, in practice, there was “no expectation” that patients should be tested before discharge, with the government’s first guideline set having no reference to testing except that ” Where applicable “, test results should be included. In patient discharge documents
It notes that the testing guidelines were issued on the grounds that care homes would be able to safely isolate hospital admissions, but in reality, many care homes could safely isolate such patients. Deprived of isolation facilities.
The report says that in the early stages of the epidemic, poor access to PPE has further increased the risk in care homes.
Caroline Abrahams, director of charity at Edge UK, said the report correctly observed that social care was considered a “thing to think about later” during the early months of the coveted 19, leading to “unintentional aging”. Elderly people and care home staff were badly left behind. ”
Carolina Gerlich, chief executive of Care Workers Charity, said: “The epidemic has once again highlighted the gap between the areas of treatment and health and social care. Because NHS protection was a priority, caregivers were effectively released without any government support, and there was a terrible shortage of PPEs.
Ms Gerlich said she could not “begin to understand” the content of Boris Johnson’s social care statement last month, in which she called for NHS funding as well as health care to pay for health care reform. And introduced social care taxes.
Analysis in Policy in Practice found that by April 2022, the combination of the new levy on health and social care and the removal of global credit in 20 universal weeks would mean that care workers would be 1,035 worse annually.
With the increase in income tax, and no increase in salary. The identity of the social care sector and its workforce is still poor.
Responding to the parliamentary report, a spokesman for the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) said: The effects of the catastrophe contributed to the destruction.
“We see no evidence that a lesson has been learned, and we are deeply concerned about what could happen this winter.”
A government spokesman said: “Throughout the epidemic we have been guided by scientific and medical experts and we have never refused to take immediate and decisive action to save lives and protect our NHS, including sanctions and Lockdown
“Thanks to a concerted national effort, we have managed to avoid overwhelming the NHS. […] As the Prime Minister has said, we are committed to learning from epidemics and to conducting a full public inquiry in the spring.