Laura Sharman 09 June 2020

Launch of coronavirus social care taskforce

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The Government has announced a new social care taskforce to help the sector through the coronavirus crisis.

Headed up by David Pearson, director of adult social care of DHSC, the taskforce will help prevent the spread of the virus in social care.

Mr Pearson said: 'The social care sector is on the frontline of our coronavirus response. This taskforce will support the service by overseeing the delivery of the Social Care Action Plan and the Care Homes Intensive Support Package.'

The Government also announced that all residents in adult care homes will be offered testing for coronavirus even is they do not have symptoms. This includes those with learning disabilities or mental health problems.

Health and social care secretary, Matt Hancock, said: 'From today all remaining adult care homes in England will be able to order the whole care home testing service for residents and staff. This service will benefit residents and staff in over 6,000 more care homes.'

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The power of local systems to save lives

Councils and their partners could do even more to contain the spread of COVID-19 if properly funded to undertake a robust localised system of testing, tracking and tracing, argues Professor Donna Hall.
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