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News round-up, England, 21 AugustNews round-up, England, 21 August

The Health for Care Coalition have called on the Prime Minister in an open letter to 'fix social care'. They highlighted the need for widening eligibility, developing a workforce strategy, support for unpaid carers and stronger ties between the health and social care sectors.

The Health Foundation published a report highlighting the specific circumstances of the adult social care workforce in London, commenting, amongst other things, on pay rates. Dr Jane Townson, CEO of the United Kingdom Homecare Association commented that the report "misses the central point that many London councils purchase homecare by the minute. Some pay as little as £13.68 per hour. With commissioning like this, how can providers ever improve careworker terms & conditions?"

There have been calls for clarification on whether the families of health and social care workers who die from coronavirus will be made ineligible to claim other benefits, such as Universal Credit, if they receive a £60,000 sum under the NHS and Social Care Coronavirus Life Assurance Scheme.

On 19 August Matt Hancock suggested to the BBC Radio 4 Today's Programme that government Ministers were aiming to achieve mass, population-wide routine testing. However, no deadline was placed on when this might be achieved. Meanwhile, the Office for National Statistics national testing study is being expanded, alongside an additional £2 million grant to the ZOE COVID-19 Symptom Study app.

The All Party Parliamentary Group on Coronavirus has written to the Prime Minister urging the adoption of a zero-COVID strategy in England.


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