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CCFTV calls for a Public Inquiry into care homes deaths during Coronavirus

28th April 2020

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Care Campaign for the Vulnerable and our supporters urge this Government to hold a Public Inquiry into the high number of deaths occurring in care homes.

Janet Gibbs (far right) sadly passed away from Coronavirus in her care home

Mrs Diana Reeve sadly passed away on 1st may after contracting coronavirus in her care home just weeks after this photo was taken by her daughter.

https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/1276844/care-home-coronavirus-news-ppe-personal-protective-equipment-diana-reeve-covid19

CQC Registered Care Home Manager


A senior care worker

A CQC Care Home Manager

A Care Home Deputy Manager, Eastriding Yorkshire

Long before the COVID-19 pandemic elderly social care has always struggled to get the help and support it deserves. Care and nursing homes house a high percentage of people living with dementia and as their continued care increases so do their medical needs. From the start of this lockdown, we accepted that vulnerable elderly needed to be protected and safeguarded against this deadly virus. Reports are coming into CCFTV every day with relatives reporting a delay in medical treatment to elderly loved ones. Families are also telling us elderly family members are not having their underlining medical conditions addressed while in lockdown. If this wasn’t difficult enough, care partners/families are instructed to stay away.

Families are angry saying before restrictions were put in place many assisted in their care ensuring safety and good care especially elderly living with middle or later stage dementia and noted often when staff numbers were low or the care fell short. The high number of care home deaths sits very uncomfortably with us. We have been told by families that hospitals have discharged elderly back into care homes without informing managers that the patient had or is recovering from COVID 19. We are told by registered care home managers, care workers and families that there is a considerable delay in calling out ambulances to elderly falling ill and symptoms not associated with COVID 19.

Families also tell us staff members were faced with a shortage or insufficient wearing of PPE. Care Providers who at the very beginning of the pandemic failed to prepare. Families and Care Home Managers contacted us to say GP's are using conference calls on iPads to monitor elderly patients with a high temperature as well as other symptoms and putting symptoms down to "suspected" Coronavirus and therefore denying further medical treatment. A CQC registered care home manager contacted Care Campaign For The Vulnerable confirming this devastating account telling us she refused to follow this policy by calling out ambulances and said by doing so she received a "backlash".

Care Campaign for the Vulnerable and our supporters call for a Public Inquiry into the high number of care home deaths.

A Registered Care Home Manager

Care Campaign for the Vulnerable contacted a care home manager when families contacted us unhappy with staff wearing no PPE around vulnerable residents during the lockdown.

Janet Gibbs died in a care home after her family were told she tested positive for coronavirus on April 7th - two days later when the results came back Mrs Gibbs sadly passed away. (Family supported by CCFTV)

References

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/live/2020/apr/29/uk-coronavirus-live-priti-patel-questions-response-covid-19-crisis-pmqs-latest-

https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/1274733/BBC-coronavirus-uk-newsnight-care-home-deaths-covid-19-cases-numbers-latest-news

https://www.carehomeprofessional.com/breaking-news-care-homes-account-for-one-third-of-covid-19-deaths

https://news.sky.com/story/coronavirus-sharp-rise-in-covid-19-deaths-in-uk-as-care-homes-included-in-total-for-first-time-11980475

https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/1269091/Care-homes-coronavirus-janet-gibbs-latest

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