Readying the NHS and social care for the COVID-19 peak

On Wednesday 29th July 2020, the Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee published its critical report on the government’s handling of Covid-19. It was particularly critical of the policy of discharging patients from hospital into care homes with no testing and the lack of PPE for frontline workers. It stated that this was “an appalling error”. However, it praised the heroic efforts of NHS and social care staff in keeping people safe.

The report includes recommendations for government on preparing for a second peak of the virus and calls on government to develop a “3-point plan” by September covering health, the economy and procurement of medical supplies and equipment. It also highlights the “tragic impact” of delaying much needed social care reform, and instead treating the sector as the NHS’s poor relation.

Lastly, while there is no mention of housing or technology in the PAC report, Housing LIN supporter C&CHTs Chief Executive, Julia Ashley, appeared on Channel 4 to explain the impact on the care home sector. This can be viewed at: (opens new window)