Carol Jamabo, 56, community caregiver for Cherish Elderly Care in Bury, Greater Manchester, died last Wednesday.
Another caregiver died in a home run by MHA, the UK’s largest charity provider, who said it was unclear where she got the virus. The death of a West Dumbartonshire caregiver who emerged on Sunday was also confirmed by Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon.
The deaths occurred against a background of growing concern that those working in the social field are still not receiving the protection they need in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic and that, without testing for the virus, personnel may contaminate nursing homes where the elderly are said to be “protected”. .
Peter Kyle, MP for Hove – which has about 30 nursing homes – said the facilities were effectively “converted to hospices” because of a lack of protections. He said a home in his constituency had recorded 14 cases of coronavirus in residents over the age of 75.
In Scotland, at least 15 residents of the 90-seat Burlington Court nursing home in Glasgow died after showing symptoms of the virus.
They all had underlying health conditions and several were on “end of life pathways,” according to the care provider, Four Seasons. He declined to provide an update on the new deaths, amid unconfirmed reports that several other residents have been infected.
Nadra Ahmed, executive president of the National Care Association, which represents small and medium-sized healthcare providers, said, “The problem we hear the most is,” I’m desperately looking for masks. Does anyone have gloves? I’m at my last stock. “
“Once you are exhausted, it comes down to worries and trash bags. The government did not act quickly enough to build confidence in the PPE sector [personal protective equipment] is available. “
Kent County Council is so short of items of protection that it has asked partner organizations and thousands of its employees to try to stock up on supplies. He said on Monday that he had made “strong statements” to the government about the shortages and that he had been promised deliveries, but said they would not meet his needs.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson was asked in Parliament on March 25 when all nursing home workers received the protective gear they needed and replied, “By the end of the week.”
Many in the healthcare sector say this has not happened.
Labor MP for Leicester West, Liz Kendall, said about one in three nursing homes in her riding still had no PPE on Friday.
” While [chancellor] Rishi Sunak was right to say that the NHS would get all the resources it needs, so should social services, because the two services are inextricably linked, “she said.
Caregivers can use large amounts of PPE if they follow government guidelines that – in care homes with suspected or confirmed Covid cases or during domestic visits to a protected person – they should wear gloves, a plastic apron, mask and possibly eye and face protection.
Some health care managers go into debt to keep staff and residents safe. Anita Astle, director of the nursing home at Wren Hall in Nottinghamshire, where nine residents are isolated with Covid-19, paid £ 9,000 for a batch of masks at £ 2.74 each – five times the usual price – because that government supplies were insufficient.
“The first delivery [from the government supply] was 160 masks, “she said. “I told them we used 312 a day. I waited four days and got 400. The supply chain is completely useless. “
Sam Monaghan, CEO of MHA, said: “The people who work in the healthcare industry are amazing individuals, each one of them, and I cannot impress enough how important it is that we get tests and levels adequate PPE to ensure their safety and that of residents. “
The Ministry of Health and Social Affairs was invited for comments.