New care home death figures show government claims of protecting the sector ​ring hollow

Never again should the concerns of staff​, unions and employers be ignored

Responding to figures published today (Tuesday) by the Office for National Statistics showing more than half of all deaths linked to coronavirus occurred in care homes, UNISON assistant general secretary Christina McAnea said:

“It’s shameful that hundreds of people in care homes are still dying of C​o​vid-19 every week.

“Vulnerable residents and ​care workers looking after them have been left to fight the disease alone. Many staff still don’t have the safety kit or tests they need. Government claims of a protective ring being placed around care homes ​ring rather hollow.

“The care sector needs to be completely overhauled once the crisis has passed. Never again should the concerns of staff​, unions and employers be ignored.”

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