ONS COVID-19 mortality figures show downward trend continues but 'should have caution written all over them'

Niall Dickson

Responding to the latest COVID-19 mortality figures for England and Wales from the ONS, Niall Dickson, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, which represents organisations across the healthcare sector, said:

"There is a downward trend in the NHS, in care homes and the community, which should provide some comfort. But these figures should have caution written all over them, as what goes down can also rise again.

"While the overall picture is improving, the proportion of deaths from COVID-19 in care homes continues to rise. More is being done to support this part of the system, but concerns remain. It is also clear that there are big lessons to be learned from what has happened to social care, and that major reform is inevitable."

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