Connect with us

COVID-19

COMMUNITY CARE: UK Government Pledges Covid-19 Test For ‘Everyone That Needs One’

ALL care home residents and social care staff with Covid-19 symptoms will be tested for the virus as capacity increases, the Government has pledged.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said he was “determined” to ensure that everyone needing a test should have access to one, with testing remaining a “key” part of the Government’s coronavirus battle plan.

Currently, only the first five symptomatic residents in a care home setting are tested to provide confirmation of whether there is an outbreak.

As well as current residents and staff who need it, testing will also be provided to all potential residents before they are discharged from the hospital, the Department of Health and Social Care said.

Mr Hancock said: “I am deeply conscious that people in residential care are among the most vulnerable to coronavirus. We are doing everything we can to keep workers, residents and their families safe.

“We have already begun testing social care workers and will roll this out nationwide over the coming days. And as we continue to ramp up our testing programme, we will test all current care home residents with coronavirus symptoms and all-new care home residents who are discharged from hospital into care.”

The announcement of the rollout follows intense criticism of the Government’s treatment of the social care sector, with claims it has been forgotten as the disease spread.

Labour’s shadow minister for social care Liz Kendall has said that “only 500 care staff having been tested to date”, and social care needs “a much greater priority and focus than it has had so far”.

Increases in the laboratory capacity have opened up the chance for the Government to expand testing to include all care home residents who develop symptoms, the DHSC said.

Testing is vital to calculating accurate infection and survival rates. All of the examinations will be PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests, which search for the presence of Covid-19 in a sample.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC), which is coordinating testing for the care sector, aims to have contacted 30,000 care providers by the end of the week. It has already offered 6,000 care facilities the opportunity to test their staff.

Care providers will then identify workers eligible for testing and refer them to their local testing centre.

Mr Hancock is set to give further details of the measures when the Government’s Covid-19 social care action plan is outlined this week.

The Government has already pledged to perform 100,000 coronavirus tests a day by the end of April.

On Tuesday, figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed that Covid-19 was mentioned on 3,475 death certificates in the week to April 3, including hospital, care home and community deaths.

But care home providers warned they are seeing a higher number of cases and deaths than are officially reported, in part due to a time lag with the ONS figures.

MHA, a charitable operator, said there had now been 210 deaths across 131 of its homes, with outbreaks in about half of its homes.

And around two-thirds of care homes run by Britain’s largest care home operator HC-One have seen cases of Covid-19.

Additional Reporting By PA Media

Leave your vote

1 point
Upvote Downvote

Total votes: 1

Upvotes: 1

Upvotes percentage: 100.000000%

Downvotes: 0

Downvotes percentage: 0.000000%

Written By

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Most Popular

WORLD EXCLUSIVE: In the Shadow of 9/11, a British Man was KILLED by Islamic Extremists… his former Girlfriend Tells Her Story

Exclusive

REVEALED: ‘Somalian Islamist’ Linked to KILLING of Tory MP Sir David Amess

Terror

COMMENT: Vaccine Passport U-Turn Proves Boris is THREAT to Liberty and Freedom

Latest

COMMENT: The Government MUST DEAL with Radical Islam After The Killing of Sir David Amess

Comment

INSIDE 9/11: FBI’s ‘Bin Laden Expert’ Was Found DEAD at World Trade Center

WORLD EXCLUSIVE

ALL OUT: As Queen Praises Tennis Star, Adil Ray Sparks Race Row

CULTURE WARS

ROYAL SERVED: Prince Andrew to face Virginia Roberts in the US after High Court Intervention

Latest

TOO SAVAGE: Woke Mob Would CANCEL Lily Savage in 2021, says Paul O’Grady

Entertainment

NOT WELCOME: U.S. Stops Afghani Refugee Flights Over Measles Outbreak

Latest

GYPSY KING: Tyson Fury Beats DOSSER Deontay Wilder in Epic Knockout

BOXING

UK in Turmoil, Ministers in Hiding and Opposition in Civil War… WHO WILL LEAD BRITAIN?

Boris Johnson

EXCLUSIVE: Amir Khan ‘Removed From American Flight Following ALCOHOL and Mask-Row’ – NOT Racism

CULTURE WARS

ELLO, ALLAHU AKBAR: EastEnders Star Compares BBC Bosses To Taliban

Latest

NTA Winners Ant and Dec ‘Promoting Sex, Drug and Booze Vids to Kids’, investigation finds

Entertainment

HYPOCRITE UNMASKED: Democrat Lawmaker MOCKED Over Met Gala Dress

Latest

ON ANOTHER PLANET: As Brits Struggle, BBC Boss Gets £75k Pay Rise

Latest

BACK TO THE FUTURE? UK’s HGV Crisis Could Be Solved by Trains

BUSINESS

AMERICAN HERO: Trump Backed by NYPD as Biden BOOED at Ground Zero

Politicalite USA

FIGHTING BIG TECH: We’re Suing The Censors – Help Us Fight Back!

Latest

“I’M SORRY” ISIS Bride Shamima Begum Begs Brits for Forgiveness, Wants To Face Trial in UK

Latest

HOT 10

FOLLOW US ON FB

Most Shared

Connect
GET UPDATES IN YOUR INBOX

Hey there!

Forgot password?

Forgot your password?

Enter your account data and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Your password reset link appears to be invalid or expired.

Close
of

Processing files…