Coronavirus: COVID-19 patients ‘might have been discharged back to care homes due to lack of screening’

Derrick Santistevan

The body that represents NHS trusts states a lack of screening might have implied some patients with COVID-19 were discharged from health centers into care homes.

NHS Service providers rejected that trusts intentionally moved patients with the coronavirus into social care.

However the group’s president, Chris Hopson, stated health centers were just asked to “systematically test every single patient due for discharge to social care” on 15 April – after the peak of the infection had actually struck.

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Mr Hopson stated this implied it was possible “that a really little number of asymptomatic COVID-19 patients, who trusts were not able to test prior to that date, were discharged to social care”.

Boris Johnson the other day stated there was a system of screening in location for patients going from health centers to social care.

Speaking to Kay Burley@Breakfast, Health Minister Edward Argar stated the recommendation that care homes had been “abandoned” or “deprioritised” was “completely wrong”.

However Mr Argar did state that at first screening was concentrated on “frontline NHS staff to make sure the NHS was there to care for people”.

“You’re right to talk about… mid-April, when the capacity was there in the testing system to make sure that those going into care homes could be tested and indeed all care home staff,” stated the minister.

Labour has actually required the prime minister to represent official figures revealing 10,000 “unexplained” excess deaths in care homes last month.

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The party’s shadow social care minister Liz Kendall stated the federal government required to “get a grip of this crisis, implement a full strategy for supporting care homes, and give all social care services the priority and resources they deserve”.

Niall Dickson, president of the NHS Confederation, which represents organisations throughout the health care sector, stated care homes are where the “major battle with COVID-19 is now raging” and the sector had been “neglected” for too long.

“When this is over, it will be time to tackle our collective failure to address social care, which is nothing short of a national disgrace”, stated Mr Dickson.

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Mr Hopson stated any public query “will need to look at the role that the lack of testing capacity and PPE has played in the high number of care home deaths”.

He added that “the scandal here is the repeated failure of politicians to solve our long running social care crisis”.

The PM’s representative stated the other day there is a “regime in place that people being discharged from hospital are being tested and care homes have clear guidance to say they should take all necessary precautions against the spread of coronavirus in their premises”.

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