Temporary staff caused increase in social care Covid-19 cases, survey shows

Temporary agency staff fuelled the spread of coronavirus in care homes, according to a survey.

Well, of course they did.

… alongside the Tory insistence on shipping Covid-19 sufferers from hospitals into homes that weren’t equipped to care for them, of course.

The question is: why did they put their residents in a situation where they could not avoid catching the disease?

There were more confirmed cases in care homes that hired temporary carers and other staff to cover for absences and in institutions that moved employees from one site to another. Care homes that did not offer staff sick pay had higher rates of infections.

Covid-19 cases have been confirmed in more than half of care homes, where an average of 20 per cent of residents and 7 per cent of staff were thought to have had the virus.

The figures, from the Office for National Statistics, are likely to be an underestimate because they record only residents and staff who tested positive after displaying symptoms not those infected but asymptomatic.

Care homes that did not offer staff sick pay had more infections – because they could not afford to take time off to self-isolate?

Institutions that moved employees from one site to another and hired temporary carers to cover for absences also had more confirmed cases – because these staff members were carrying the virus from one site to another.

Who created such poor conditions of employment?

Who do you think?

Source: Temporary staff drove rise in social care cases | News | The Times

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  1. Jeffrey Davies July 5, 2020 at 5:35 am - Reply

    If they can cull thousands through benefits denials then sending back a infected person back into the care home they new many more would become infested just another cull of the stock has RTU IDs would say after all monies matter to these creatures

  2. Hecuba July 5, 2020 at 9:51 am - Reply

    Fascist tories and their women hating dictator boris will claim ‘wah it’s the temporary staff who infected all those women and men living in care homes! We aren’t responsible despite our specific orders to NHS to move patients with coronavirus into care homes where they will transmit infection to all those ‘worthless residents!’

    ‘Good work say the fascist tories we’ve ensured callous working conditions are working just fine and ensuring temporary staff have to work despite contracting the virus! Work ’till you die from the pandemic’ say the fascist cruel and greedy fascist tories and then we’ll blame you temporary staff not us!’

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