Leak report reveals workers in temporary care homes spread coronavirus between homes and PHE knew this in April

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Agency staff spread the coronavirus between nursing homes at the start of the pandemic, according to a leaked report.

The Guardian said a leaked Public Health England study found workers who had spread the coronavirus in six nursing homes.

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 Paramedics are seen in masks to treat an elderly woman as the nursing home crisis becomes central4
Paramedics are seen in masks to treat an elderly woman as the nursing home crisis becomes central

In some cases, agency staff had been recruited to cover self-isolating staff to prevent the vulnerable people in their care from being infected.

The document reports that the study was conducted over Easter weekend in April, but details were only released to healthcare providers, councils and local public health directors last week.

This comes after Matt Hancock gave £ 600 million in funding last week to prevent nursing home workers from entering multiple homes.

Workers will be paid and paid to ensure that they do not lose by stopping certain jobs.

It is estimated that more than 22,000 residents of nursing homes have died in England and Wales, Prime Minister Boris Johnson admitting there had been “a terrible epidemic in nursing homes”.

He came in when the MPs were roasting the owners of nursing homes when they died in nursing homes.

Professor Martin Green, CEO of Care England, told the Health Select Committee this morning that there were “cases of people … who were symptomatic released into nursing homes. “

And he added, “We should have focused on nursing homes from the start of this pandemic. The focus was on the NHS and support was withdrawn. “

He said the tests are improving but some people are still waiting up to ten days for a test.

“We need regular tests, 2 to 3 times a week, if we really want to go further,” he said.

To date, 12,000 official deaths have been recorded in nursing homes – inside and outside the hospital.

Nearly four in ten nursing homes have reported outbreaks, new figures said yesterday.

Dr. Jennifer Dixon, Executive Director of the Health Foundation, said, “Today’s figures show that the number of COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes in England and Wales is increasing. decrease.

“However, the number of weekly deaths in nursing homes, whatever the cause, remains significantly above the five-year average, with 2,247 additional deaths in the week ending May 8. This contrasts with hospitals where weekly deaths have returned below the historical average. To date, there have been 9,980 overall deaths from COVID-19 in nursing homes.

“While no course of action can reverse decades of political neglect, one has to wonder how many deaths could have been avoided if action had been taken sooner. Reform is now crucial. “

Everyone in nursing homes will be tested for the virus by the end of June, Hancock said last week.

And everyone going from the hospital to a home will also get a test.

However, this has changed since the start of the pandemic, and many residents have been sent home after periods of hospitalization, unaware that they were virus-free.

Many nursing homes have banned visitors since March, but staff working in nursing homes are concerned that they may have played a major role in the spread of the virus.

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ONS figures on deaths in nursing homes

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Meanwhile, a furious blame game broke today as MPs criticized the government’s coronavirus tests as “inadequate” – but Public Health England pointed to Matt Hancock.

Science and Technology Commission investigation found hospital workers, nursing home workers and residents at risk due to lack of screening capacity “when virus spread at its peak level “.

Members of the Science and Technology Committee criticized PHE leaders for “the unacceptable failure” to publish evidence to support the decision.

In a letter to Boris Johnson, MPs from all parties said that the decision left many people, especially in nursing homes, unable to be tested “when the spread of the virus was most widespread.”

They said: “The decision to pursue an approach of initial concentration of tests in a limited number of laboratories and to extend them gradually, rather than an approach of capacity building through a large number of public laboratories, research institutes, One of the most important consequences of this crisis is the availability of private universities and laboratories. “

The 19-page letter outlines ten key lessons the government should learn from managing the early months of the pandemic.

They also demand greater transparency on scientific advice and data, distinguishing between scientific and political decisions.

Thérèse Coffey this morning pointed to the “bad” science so that the search for contacts was stopped.

She told Sky News, “You can only judge on the basis of advice.
“If the science was wrong, the advice at the time was wrong, I’m not surprised that people think we made the wrong decisions. “

A DHSC spokesperson said, “We are working 24 hours a day to make sure that nursing homes and our front line social workers receive the support they need to protect their residents and fight coronavirus.

“Our help to nursing homes, which includes financial support, infection control training and PPE supplies, has meant that two thirds of nursing homes in England have had no epidemics.”

Meanwhile, a nursing home association in the northeast has sent a legal warning to their local council over the fear that the area will collapse without any additional support, it was reported.

Sky News said a letter had been sent by Care North East – which represents 21 nursing homes – to the North Tyneside Council, informing it that if no action was taken to provide funding and support within five days , the region’s healthcare market would start to collapse.

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