Care England,has welcomed the National Audit Office’s report on readying the NHS and adult social care in England for COVID-19.
Professor Martin Green OBE, Chief Executive of Care England, says:
“This report makes it crystal clear for all to see just how under resourced care homes were before the pandemic hit. We should be congratulating adult social care staff for going above and beyond their duties in order to provide care for their residents especially against a backdrop of insufficient funding, lack of PPE and an inadequate testing regime”.
Readying the NHS and adult social care in England for COVID-19 can be found at www.nao.org.uk It provides a factual overview of the response by the Department of Health and Social Care and other bodies during March and April 2020 to prepare the NHS and adult social care in England for the COVID-19 pandemic.
Martin Green continues:
“Let’s be clear about this; the dice were loaded against care homes. The Government has attempted to alleviate certain pressures on the sector, but whilst the intention is there the COVID-19 relief funds have not made it to the front line. Instead they have been tied up in a tangle of bureaucratic spaghetti”.