Almost half of care providers fear for their future survival, according to an Independent Care Group (ICG) survey.
Just over 45% of respondents to the poll said the COVID-19 crisis would put their businesses at risk. Additionally, two-thirds said they had problems with PPE supply and more than half reported challenged with testing.
ICG chair, Mike Padgham, (pictured) said: “This survey reveals social care providers struggling on the front line against Covid-19.
“They are struggling to get adequate PPE, struggling to get the right testing and not getting the right financial support to help them get through this critical period of the pandemic.”
Almost 70% of those who responded said they felt the financial support that commissioners have offered had not been satisfactory and the ICG said more needed to be done by the government to offer support.
“The bulk of social care commissioning is done by local authorities who are struggling too,” Mike said.
“The government has provided extra support to local authorities but that has to help them to cope with all aspects of coronavirus, not just social care. The government has to ensure that they are better funded so that they can, in turn, support care providers better.
“The survey also strengthens calls on the government to ensure that PPE is more widely available, that testing gets carried out and that financial support for the sector gets to the front line.”