Providers Offer Help Over Coronavirus

Need to meet to prepare for possible epidemic

Care providers are offering help and the suggestion of talks over how they can best work together with other agencies to protect older and vulnerable people through the coronavirus outbreak.

The Independent Care Group (ICG) has written to the area’s local authorities and clinical commissioning groups suggesting a meeting.

It wants to discuss what planning is required to cope in case the virus spreads more widely.

The Group’s Chair, Mike Padgham, said: “We are looking after some of the oldest and most vulnerable people and so it is sensible that we have a plan in place for dealing with coronavirus (COVID-19).

“At this time, it is more important than ever that all agencies involved in the care of older and vulnerable adults work together to make sure our clients get the best care and are protected from harm.”

In its letter, the ICG says its members are concerned about the potential impact of an outbreak of the virus on an already over-stretched workforce.

Mr Padgham added: “We need to work together with the commissioning agencies to ensure we do our best for our clients and their families.”