Health & Fitness Nearly a third of UK adults are unpaid carers for friends and family with illnesses or disabilities
Care home staff 'have a duty to get the Covid vaccine'
Pete Calveley, CEO of Barchester Healthcare, said the human rights of people living in care homes were at stake and staff must protect them by getting vaccinated against coronavirus.Pete Calveley, CEO of Barchester Healthcare, said the human rights of people living in care homes were at stake and staff must protect them.
Nearly a third of UK adults have unpaid caring responsibilities for a family member or friend due to illness, prompting campaigners to call on ministers to provide them with greater support.
A Savanta/Liberal Democrats poll shared with i shows that 30 per cent of Brits say they are taking on caring responsibilities for close friends or relatives who have illnesses or disabilities.
The figure leaps to nearly half – 46 per cent – among 18 to 24 year olds, who say they have unpaid caring roles, giving a glimpse of a hidden army of young carers in Britain.
Half of US adults will have at least one vaccine dose by this weekend
Andy Slavitt, the White House senior adviser for COVID-19 response, said on Tuesday that half of adults will have received at least one vaccine dose by the weekend.Currently, 41.7 percent of Americans aged 18 or older have gotten at least an initial shot, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The poll of more than 2,000 adults has led Lib Dem leader Sir Ed Davey to call on the Government to give.
“Unpaid carers have taken on dramatically increased caring responsibilities during the pandemic. Many carers haven’t been able to take a single break since the pandemic started. Most are simply exhausted,” Sir Ed said, who cares along with his wife for their disabled son.
“The government must finally recognise the incredible contribution that unpaid carers make and give them the support they deserve. It must give local councils the emergency funding they need to give carers a break.”
It follows research published yesterday by Carers UK, which found that 72 per cent of people caring unpaid for family or friends
The six charities supporting Carers Week – Carers UK, Age UK, Carers Trust, Motor Neurone Disease Association, Oxfam GB and Rethink Mental Illness – are calling on the UK Government to provide £1.2 billion of funding for unpaid carers’ breaks, so that those providing upwards of 50 hours of care are able to take time off for their own health and wellbeing.
People with learning disabilities ‘extremely vulnerable’ to effects of Covid-19 .
Risks were particularly high for those with severe to profound learning disability, Down’s Syndrome and cerebral palsy, researchers found.As a lack of clarity exists on the increased risk of Covid deaths among people with milder learning disability, a team of UK researchers set out to describe the risk of Covid related hospital admissions and deaths among children and adults with learning disability in England compared with the general population.