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Free PPE for All

Care England, the largest representative body for independent providers of adult social care, has welcomed calls from the Relatives and Residents Association for free PPE for the adult social care sector as a raison d’etre of public health.

Professor Martin Green OBE, Chief Executive of Care England, says:

“Public health protection for care services must come out of the public purse, in the same way as other communicable disease prevention measures. Procuring and delivering sufficient PPE to the front line is critical to future management of this pandemic”.

Public Protection – Who Pays? is available via the Relatives and Residents Association https://www.relres.org/ The report makes it clear that we need a renewed, better organised and effective public health response in preparation for a second wave, with centralised purchasing of PPE managed by local public health agencies to ensure effective distribution.

Care England will be publishing a report this morning on care homes; second wave and beyond. Rt Hon Stephen Dorrell will be guest of honour at a webinar to launch the report.

Judy Downey, Chair of Relatives and Residents, says:

“The care sector cannot continue to be treated as collateral damage or its staff and services as second class citizens. Government agencies still appear unaware both of the role and scale of the care sector with at least three times the number of beds, a workforce larger than the NHS and an intrinsically at risk population. We have paid and are paying a high price for this ignorance”.

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Notes to editors:
1) Care England is the largest representative body for independent providers of adult social care
2) Care England works to ensure that care services are commissioned fairly, efficiently and on a properly funded basis, to meet the true costs of providing quality care. Care England analysis indicates that where known around one in five councils (20%) did not increase their base rates for either residential or nursing home placements in 2018/19, despite rising inflation and increased workforce costs.
3) For Care England press enquiries related to this release, please contact Antonella Corby (020) 7492 4843 or email acorby@careengland.org.uk 
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