Care Campaign for the Vulnerable supported by leading law firm calls for a Public Inquiry - Our Official Statement
Care Campaign for the Vulnerable supported by leading law firm, Slater and Gordon UK, calling for a Public Inquiry on the handling of care homes during the Covid pandemic. Read S&G here https://www.slatergordon.co.uk/newsroom/CCFTV-calls-for-care-home-public-inquiry/
Care Campaign for the Vulnerable (CCFTV) Official Statement
CCFTV continues to call for a public enquiry to review the impact of Government and Local Authority decision making that resulted in the premature death of so many elderly vulnerable people in Care Homes at the onset of the pandemic. It is important to ensure their families understand what protections were provided to Care Homes to halt the transmission of infection from hospitals and why if as the Health Secretary stated, 'a ring of steel was placed around the care sector’ did so many vulnerable people in care homes become ill and disproportionately suffer as a section of the population.
An enquiry would confirm what resources were available for care home staff to protect both them and residents, why families were excluded for such a very long time from visiting loved ones, why so many residents died alone and without being able to say farewell to their families, why inspections by regulators were withdrawn and why no technologies were adopted to ensure independent review could have been undertaken remotely to confirm that the quality of service was unaffected.
Families have so many unanswered questions that require a response. Those families today are without loved ones, yet know very little about the circumstances surrounding the passing of that family member. Others have images of resident deterioration sent by staff during the lockout or taken at a window visit, but with no explanation ever being provided to explain the significant decline in health.
Most families are grateful for all that care workers do, but many believe that by not ceasing admissions from hospitals at the onset (because providers appear to have been encouraged to take hospital discharges who often didn’t have Covid clearance) the transmission of infection was rife and that as a result, the welfare of their elderly loved one was essentially sacrificed to ensure hospital bed capacity was created. Families also recall limited or no PPE in those early days of the Covid outbreak, with many homes appearing under-resourced. Far too many were also were dependent upon agency staff who appeared to be working across different locations and for different providers. That must surely have resulted in transmitting infection between homes.
CCFTV will continue to call for an inquiry to ensure lessons have been learned, that suffering families have closure and that the sector is much better prepared in the event of such a catastrophe ever happening again.
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Our Director's statement to why Care Campaign for the Vulnerable was set up.
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Should there be a Covid-19 public inquiry?
CCFTV and Slater and Gordon UK lead the call for a public inquiry on the handling of care homes during the Covid pandemic.
Report from Marbrook Centre in Cambridge on the benefits to safety monitoring in communal areas for residents and staff.
Dominic Grieve Westminster Speech 2018 on Care Campaign For The Vulnerable Safety Monitoring In Care Homes
Care Campaign Government Proposal
"The evidence from Providers who have installed CCTV seems to me to merit careful attention and to be quite persuasive"
Dominic Grieve MP
Safe Place Scheme
Chiltern and South Bucks District Council SAFE PLACE SCHEME has called on Care Campaign for the Vulnerable to add our support to the initiative for those who are vulnerable in the community to get help if out and about and feeling scared , lost or confused.
Care Campaign for the Vulnerable is learning of the pressures faced by conscientious led Care Providers striving to offer a caring and safe environment to both service users and staff. Safety monitoring is proving to be a invaluable care assist tool - bringing a more open and transparent culture into care homes as well as saving valuable resources within the care home sector and the NHS