Ensuring families can visit care homes safely – Yorkshire Post Letters

From: Coun Ian Hudspeth, Chairman, Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board.

COUNCILS and care providers want to do all they can to ensure people can visit their loved ones in care homes and other care settings, safely and securely, without risk of passing on the virus (Mike Padgham, The Yorkshire Post, December 12).

Families, residents and care staff need to have full confidence in arrangements for testing, knowing that the risks and benefits are fully understood, alongside continued safety measures.

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It is important for the Government to be open and transparent about the reliability and limitations of lateral flow tests, and the ability of care homes to implement these fully and safely as part of opening 
up visiting in time for 
Christmas. We want to work with government and providers to plan these changes in a fair and reasoned way, so that families have the best possible chance to see their relatives over Christmas, but within realistic expectations of what is possible.

The Government continues to be accused of ignoring social care.The Government continues to be accused of ignoring social care.
The Government continues to be accused of ignoring social care.

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