Bolton Labour’s Health and Wellbeing Spokesperson, Cllr Sue Haworth, is calling on the Tory Government to do more to support service-users and those working in the care sector.

“We must brace ourselves for more harrowing data and detail about the number of people who have died and who are still dying from coronavirus in care homes.

“A report this week  is disturbing reading. The data specialists LaingBuisson are spelling out the prediction that around 10% of all of the people living in care homes in England will pass away from coronavirus. This will be around 34,000 people of which many are elderly and some are disabled working age adults. People in care homes are around 50% of the population in England that are dying from covid 19 they report.

“It is clear that frontline staff in care homes, looking after the elderly and vulnerable younger adults, are hero’s going the extra mile everyday. They need more recognition and more support from the government.

“Everything necessary ought to be done by government so that care homes can be shielded and protected.

If this does not happen then there is a risk that the number of people dying in care homes may grow to be much greater than the numbers of people who have sadly died in hospital. The government’s focus needs to be hugely on people who are in these most vulnerable circumstances in our communities. Care homes need to be the priority in order to stem these awful excess deaths from coronavirus and to also keep millions of use safe by bearing down on the disease where it is found.”

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