The coronavirus outbreak could mean jeopardy for the UK’s social care system
The social care system in the UK is one of the most important resources in keeping pressure off the NHS.
If schools close or the coronavirus spreads amongst carers, the already understaffed system, could be drastically threatened, which in turn could greatly harm the NHS.
Over 800,000 people in the UK are dependant on home visits. Carers provide company and emotional support which is important to those who are elderly, disabled or chronically ill. Which of course are some demographics that would need to be isolated due to the nature of COVID-19.
The UK Home Care Association says that care organisations need better access to protective equipment for staff and more explicit guidance on protecting their vulnerable clients.
The COVID-19 coronavirus has put care companies, that were already financially vulnerable, under additional pressure, says UKHCA.
One carer has said:
“The whole system is going to collapse if carers in the community can’t do our jobs,”
A £330bn package to support businesses “small and large” has been announced, with £10,000 grants for smaller businesses.
Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, vowed to do “whatever it takes” to help the economy and support businesses “to get through this”. In yesterday’s daily press conference addressing the COVID-19 pandemic.