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UKHCA Media Release

Government announces increased testing for careworkers - 15/04/2020

The Government has announced increased testing for careworkers.

United Kingdom Homecare Association's CEO Jane Townson said:

"UKHCA has been lobbying for weeks for increased testing for COVID-19. The Government has finally woken up to the fact that this is vital for protecting high risk people receiving care and their careworkers. It is also important for maintaining workforce capacity. Omitting homecare clients from their testing plans makes no sense.

"Anyone discharged from hospital, whether to care homes or homecare, needs to be tested to minimise spread of infection and to ensure limited supplies of PPE can be targeted effectively. We are not convinced the testing capacity is yet sufficient to do all that the government claims in their statement. Time will tell if this is wishful thinking."


Notes for Editors

United Kingdom Homecare Association (UKHCA) is the professional association for more than 2,200 domiciliary care providers in Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

Regularly updated statistical information about homecare services in all four UK administrations is available from "An Overview of the UK Domiciliary Care Sector".

For further information please contact:

Colin Angel, Policy Director

United Kingdom Homecare Association Ltd

Sutton Business Centre, Restmor Way, Wallington, SM6 7AH

Telephone: 020 8661 8160

Mobile: 07393012113



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