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Covid-19 crisislays bare care system weaknesses
Welcome to the May edition of The Care Home Environment. It goes without saying that this is an enormously challenging time for the care sector as the coronavirus pandemic takes a grisly toll on homes up and down the UK. The problems faced have been almost overwhelming but the sector will emerge from the crisis with great credit.
Carers and managers alike have earned the respect of the nation by acting with courage and stoic professionalism despite staff shortages, a disturbing lack of testing and protective equipment, as well as questionable guidance during the critical early days of the crisis and beyond.
The pandemic has revealed some hard truths about the state of the British health and social care system. In particular, the coronavirus crisis has peeled back the skin on problems in social care that have been covered for too long. It would be churlish to talk of positives amid the often hellish situation in some British care homes but there are signs that the sector may no longer be treated as the poor relation of the health system.
The coronavirus crisis has peeled back the skin on problems in social care that have been covered for too long
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The pandemic has shown beyond doubt that effective social care requires more co-operation with the health system.
To that end, the crisis has already done much of the heavy lifting by forcing the health and social care to work together.
The adoption of the NHS-style ‘CARE’ badge and branding by the government attracted criticism but it points, perhaps, at a future where health and social care will be truly integrated.
When the dust settles, the government will surely have political licence to make far-reaching changes to the UK care system.
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Whether or not major change comes, of course, remains to be seen but it is clear is the impact of Covid-19 on the elderly means the government can no longer continue to boot the issue of social care provision deep in the long grass time after time.
Preparing for future epidemics will require a more resilient, more integrated health and social care system. The country cannot afford to duck awkward questions and hard decisions any longer.
Enjoy the issue and keep an eye out for our next digital edition published in June.
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