Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Sajid Javid paid a visit to Aashna House Residential Care Home in Streatham in South London where he met Smita Bhatt, the Care Home Manager, and the rest of the executive team and carers. He also met residents while they were taking part in activities – dance (Garba) painting and knitting – and spoke to staff about their working patterns during COVID-19.
On the visit the Health and Social Care Secretary, Sajid Javid said:
“I’m in Aashna House in Streatham and one of the reasons I’m here is to thank the care home staff here and staff across the country for the incredible work they have been doing. Their job is hard enough in normal times, but of course during the pandemic, it was so much harder. I want to take this opportunity to thank them for what they’re doing and let all care workers know they have the full support of this government.
“During the pandemic we’ve helped them in so many ways with PPE, with testing equipment, with extra funding and that kind of support will continue. And turning to reform, I am not just the Health Secretary, I am the Health and Social Care Secretary. All of that matters to me, so social care is as important to me as health care is. And in dealing with the challenges of social care we’ve understood for a long time now as a government that more needs to be done. We’ve set out our intention to have significant reform and my predecessor did a lot of work on that with his cabinet colleagues. I am continuing that work and it remains a huge priority for me.”