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    Activists' anger after watchdog supports ministers' "abhorrent" care home COVID policy Archived Message

    Posted by sashimi on October 23, 2020, 8:55 am

    By John Pring

    Disabled activists have attacked the care watchdog for supporting an
    "abhorrent" government policy that will again see older and disabled
    people who have been infected with coronavirus being discharged from
    hospitals into residential homes.

    Early in the pandemic, hospital patients were discharged into care
    homes without being tested for COVID-19, which is believed to have
    caused the loss of thousands of lives.

    Ahead of an expected surge in winter cases, the Department of Health
    and Social Care (DHSC) has now decided that patients in England who
    are set to be discharged from hospital into a care home with a
    positive COVID-19 test result will first have to be admitted to a
    "designated setting".

    They will have to be cared for there until the end of their isolation

    Some of these designated settings will be "stand-alone units" where
    only service-users with coronavirus will be admitted.

    But others will be care homes "with separate zoned accommodation and
    staffing" for service-users with coronavirus.

    Other parts of those homes will be occupied by residents who have not
    been infected with the virus.

    This means that some older and disabled service-users who are not yet
    infected could again be exposed to the risk of catching COVID-19.


    Linda Burnip, co-founder of Disabled People Against Cuts, said the
    policy was "utterly unacceptable and must be stopped".

    She said that thousands of older and disabled people in care homes had
    "needlessly died due to the reckless mishandling of the pandemic by
    government, from the lack of adequate personal protective equipment,
    the wrongful imposition of DNRs [do not resuscitate orders], as well
    as the murderous discharge of infected patients into these homes.

    "Now we find that this scenario is not only going to be repeated but
    actually supported by CQC, in spite of the fact that it is known the
    spread of the virus in such enclosed communities is rapid.

    "This means there can be no lingering doubt that a eugenics policy
    targeted at care home residents is in full swing."
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    • Activists' anger after watchdog supports ministers' "abhorrent" care home COVID policy - sashimi October 23, 2020, 8:55 am