Vic Rayner OBE, CEO of the National Care Forum (NCF) – the leading association for not-for-profit care providers responds to the publication of data on deaths in care homes by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). Rayner says:
“The CQC publication today is a reminder of the terrible toll that has been felt by those who live in care homes, their loved ones and the workforce. Behind each number is the life of an individual whose life has been lost in the pandemic. Lives cut short before their time, lived by people who were loved and are greatly missed by family and friends. Many families will feel that loss again seeing this publication, as will the care home staff and providers who have cared for and supported them for many months and years.
“Throughout the pandemic we have supported our members to be open and transparent. It is important that CQC recognises that the information published today is not an indication of the quality or safety in individual care homes and that many of the notifications relate to deaths of care home residents which occurred in other settings.
“Revisiting the ordeal of the pandemic is difficult for all concerned and it is essential that the information published is handled with sensitivity and the greatest respect.
“The pandemic has shown the integral role care and support plays in people’s lives. We urge the government to be ambitious for social care and work together with people who receive care and support, their families and the wider care sector to develop a long-term strategy that recognises the vital role of social care in supporting and delivering essential services for millions of people every day.”
“We join with our members in expressing our deepest sympathy to the families and friends of all those who have passed, in what has been an unprecedented time. Through open and transparent conversations our members will continue to support and provide high quality care to the people who need it most.”