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Welcome Extension to Infection Control Funding

Care England, the largest representative body of independent adult social care providers, has welcomed the extension of infection prevention and testing funds. 

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

“This extension of funding represents a lifeline for care providers. We are pleased that the Government has heeded the calls of Care England as without such funding the sector would be in jeopardy. Care staff across the length and breadth of England continue to implement enhanced infection control procedures to keep residents safe”.

The details of the funding and the conditions within it are, however, are yet to be announced, with uncertainty prevailing around funds which also expire on 31 March. Thus, Care England urges caution that we must not lose sight of the fact that there is not, at present, any plans in relation to the longer-term sustainability of the adult social care sector.

Rt Hon Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, announced the extension in the House of Commons today https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/nhs-and-social-care-funding

Martin Green continues:  

“Care England has consistently sought to impress upon government the increased costs which the Covid-19 pandemic has imposed upon the sector and its workforce. We strive to work with the Government to illustrate the difficult position which our sector continues to find itself in and to ensure that the fund reaches the frontline in a timely and efficient manner”.

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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 
4) @CareEngland & @CareEngDigital