COVID-19 deaths may be falling but we cannot become complacent

Layla McCay

Responding to the latest weekly COVID-19 mortality figures published by the ONS, Dr Layla McCay, a director at the NHS Confederation, which represents organisations across the healthcare sector, said:

“Although there is hope to be found in the latest figures showing deaths from COVID-19 are coming down, we cannot afford to become complacent. Looking at care homes, deaths from COVID-19 may be down week-on-week, but they are still second only to those in hospitals and are climbing as a percentage of all deaths.  

“We welcome the government’s announcement that every staff member and patient in care homes, with or without symptoms, is to be offered a test by 6 June. However, we still need to be sure that the testing service is fully accessible, especially in light of the importance of the test, track and trace strategy that will play such a key role in the planned easing of lockdown. This means making tests easily available beyond hospitals, to frontline staff as a priority in both health and care, but also to the public, including at home.
“Promises for care homes such as support on infection control are all very well, but we must see real action to make sure they are kept. We continue to believe more radical reform is needed in order to give care homes all the help they need, for the sake of both those being cared for and their carers. This means not only supplying the proper PPE, training and support in infection control, but importantly, providing adequate funding going forward.”

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