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BREAKING NEWS: Care home visitor guidance to be issued this week, minister says

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Long-awaited government guidance on care home visits in England is to be released this week, according to a government minister.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps broke the news while talking to BBC Breakfast this morning.

Earlier this month, Health and Social Care Secretary, Matt Hancock, said the government would be setting out its guidance on care home visits in England in a matter days.

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The UK government has faced mounting pressure to ease restrictions with the Scottish government having issued its guidance last month.

Responding to Mr Shapps’ announcement, Vic Rayner, Executive Director of the National Care Forum, said:  “The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care promised in early July that the government would publish guidance on reopening care homes to families and friends within a matter of days.

“It is now over 12 days since that announcement and the guidance has still not materialised, causing unnecessary anguish to many. As the representative body for not for profit care providers we have endeavoured to work with the government to shape the guidance, and emphasise the urgency to ensure residents are reunited with their families and loved ones.

“Safety is paramount, but it is also absolutely true that people need people, and as we reopen homes to visitors, we must make sure that we put in place all the measures needed for now and the future, so that we never again get into the position where families and friends are kept apart.”

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