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Testing for COVID-19 a ‘Complete System Failure’ in UK Care Homes

Care home administrators have blamed the British government for a complete disappointment on the Covid-19 screening tests. The authorities have repeatedly turned away from their responsibility and completely ignored the highly vulnerable people without testing.

The Ministers have now admitted that it might take more than three weeks for conducting screening tests for everyone, the managers of care home said that people’s lives are at danger and conditions for dementia patients is going worse as the non-availability of tests is an administrative failure.

The British health secretary, Matt Hancock has announced the programme about a couple of weeks before but to this day, only a few thousand people are tested.

Public Health of England (PHE), the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) are shifting this responsibility on who should have conducted these tests.

The managing director, Matthew Nutt of Accurocare that operates in Basingstoke and Oxford, was told multiple times by PHE that CQC is the one who is responsible for making sure this programme runs.

The association has been attempting to conduct nearly 200 COVID-19 tests since 28th  April. The time when Hancock said that testing though couldn’t care workers, as well as citizens, would be accessible whether or not they are exhibiting any symptoms of this virus,

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Nutt said that this plan is nothing but a complete administrative failure. There is still uncertainty on when would be these testing kits available. On the other side, the British government is planning to ease the lockdown so everyone has to be tested before June 6th, but is it really possible?

The administration shared that in the UK, at least 400,000 individuals are living in care homes, taken care of by a workforce that makes 1.5 million people. But the figures of the tests are still very less which is disappointing as well as frightening.

The Nottingham Community Housing Association (NCHA) attempted to conduct the tests for all its home members and the staff people, a statement from a PHE official told that there is no information or orders of testing them by the CQC.

After this, the PHE tried to explain this statement by saying that it would conduct these tests; however, when they neglected to make it happen. At last, PHE has turned around again saying that it is indeed CQC’s responsibility to do it.

Director of homes and wellbeing at NCHA, Holly Dagnall said that it is stressful that we can’t create an effective plan for managing the COVID-19 tests which are indeed a risk for coronavirus cases in the UK. All this suggests that the condition of coronavirus in the UK is not very promising. There is no way to know what would be the future of coronavirus considering such administrative failures in the system.

 

Amna Rana

Amna Rana, a writing enthusiast and a microbiologist. Her areas of interest are medical and health care. She writes about diseases, treatments, alternative therapies, lifestyles and the latest news. You can find her on Linkedin Amna Rana.

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