New Year, New Funding for Social Care's Covid Response
Following on from the much publicised rapid testing trial in care homes to allow visits to continue, the Government has announced a further £149m starting at the end of January to further support this scheme and to allow staff to be tested.
This is good news for care homes, which unfortunately continue to be highly vulnerable to Covid-19 outbreaks, often with devastating results. The lateral flow tests being used are designed to produce a result within 30 minutes, and are often backed up with the more accurate PCR test if a positive result is returned.
In addition to the funds ring-fenced for rapid testing in care homes, local authorities will also receive a share of £120m to boost staffing levels within their social care departments. This addresses a significant need voiced by local authorities, who have seen care requests escalate, but with no concomitant rise in staffing levels to allow them to cope.
We will continue to monitor the situation to see if any progress is made: hopefully the additional funds will make the difference that is so desperately needed.
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