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Care homes to get extra £546m Covid-19 funding

18 September, 2020

Government has promised an extra £546 million in funding to bolster infection prevention and control measures in care homes during the winter.

While welcoming the extra funding, the National Care Forum (NCF), which represent not-for-profit care providers, was critical of delays in the announcement of the extension to Infection Control Fund.

NCF executive director Vic Rayner said there had been a series of calls from the sector for the government to make its plans known urgently before the deadline of the initial fund on 30th September.

“This ring-fenced finance has been a vital lifeline for many providers of care to ensure they are able to support staff who are isolating, and to minimise movement of staff within and between homes,” said Ms Rayner.

“It is imperative that this funding reaches the front line quickly. We welcome the funding, and need urgently the detail to enable understanding of the criteria and timeframe.

“The clock has been ticking on the government around a number of major announcements this week – the Infection Control funding is most welcome – but needs to be understood against a wider set of commitments for winter and any second wave. The well documented breakdowns around testing, rising rates of infection and increases in local lock-downs mean that we need these government plans to be shared today – preparation is critical and last minute announcements serve no one well.”

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