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Health & Fitness Patients with COVID-19 'could have been discharged back to care homes'

11:16  14 may  2020
11:16  14 may  2020 Source:   news.sky.com

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Clinical management for hospitalized patients with COVID - 19 is focused on supportive care for complications, including supplemental When respirator supplies are restored, the facility can switch back to use of N95 respirators for all care of patients with known or suspected COVID - 19 infection.

Did hospitals discharge patients to your care home with COVID - 19 symptoms before 15 April? 41% said yes. Do you think COVID - 19 positive patients discharged The original government advice given to care homes said "negative tests are not required prior to transfers/admissions into the care home ".

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The body that represents NHS trusts says a lack of testing could have meant some patients with COVID-19 were discharged from hospitals into care homes.

NHS Providers denied that trusts knowingly moved patients with the coronavirus into social care.

But the group's chief executive, Chris Hopson, said hospitals were only asked to "systematically test every single patient due for discharge to social care" on 15 April - after the peak of the virus had hit.

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a close up of a person using a cell phone: Care homes have been taking in coronavirus patients across the country © Getty Care homes have been taking in coronavirus patients across the country Mr Hopson said this meant it was possible "that a very small number of asymptomatic COVID-19 patients, who trusts were unable to test prior to that date, were discharged to social care".

Boris Johnson yesterday said there was a system of testing in place for patients going from hospitals to social care.

Speaking to Kay Burley@Breakfast, Health Minister Edward Argar said the suggestion that care homes had been "abandoned" or "deprioritised" was "completely wrong".

But Mr Argar did say that initially testing was focused 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," said the minister.

Labour has called for the prime minister to account for official figures showing 10,000 "unexplained" excess deaths in care homes last month.

The party's shadow social care minister Liz Kendall said the government needed 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, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, which represents organisations across the healthcare sector, said 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", said Mr Dickson.

Mr Hopson said any public inquiry "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 spokesperson said yesterday 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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