Fri. Sep 17th, 2021

There is growing anger over how coronavirus has taken hold in care homes across the UK. The government suggests that one in four of all coronavirus deaths in England have been in care homes.

The National Care Association says they feel “completely abandoned”. Others are questioning how quickly the extra £600m of funding for the care sector will get to those who need it.

Meanwhile teachers’ unions are to meet the government’s chief scientific advisers to seek reassurance about plans to partially reopen some of England’s schools.

Some say they are concerned about the safety of staff and pupils.

Sophie Raworth presents BBC News at Ten reports from Social Affairs Correspondent Alison Holt and Education Editor Branwen Jeffreys.

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5 thoughts on “Coronavirus: anger over huge death toll in “abandoned” care homes – BBC News”
  1. Labour abandoned the elderly when they were in government. We all remember the abuse in care homes prevalent when Blair/Brown were ruining the country.

  2. Considering a large proportion of these residencies are private businesses not local authority run, how is it that central government is getting battered over subject like PPE, staffing and management decisions? Even the local authority establishments are just that local authority, so why aren’t questions being asked to the right people?

    These types of communities are going to be an inherant risk in terms of any illness being spread (food poisoning, normal annual flu etc) so why don’t processes already exist for the Companies and authorities concerned?

    This is just another example of the BBC jumping on the press bandwagon to hammer the Government for something that’s not actually theirs to address.

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