Leading care group, the Relatives and Residents Association (R&RA), has called for free PPE for the adult social care sector.
In a new report, Public Protection – Who Pays?, the R&RA argues for a renewed, better organised and effective public health response in preparation for a second wave, with centralised purchasing of PPE managed by local public health agencies to ensure effective distribution.
Judy Downey, Chair of Relatives and Residents, (pictured) said: “Being forced to pay and compete for PPE contradicts the basic ethos of public health: to protect everyone in society regardless of status.
“Discrimination against the care sector in the supply of PPE and testing must stop. As a principle of effective infection control, the public health budget must now pay for the PPE and testing of all staff, residents and users of care regardless of their ownership status. Why should those working in or receiving care services outside the NHS continue to be penalised?”
Professor Martin Green OBE, Chief Executive of Care England, welcomed the R&RA statement, commenting: “Public health protection for care services must come out of the public purse, in the same way as other communicable disease prevention measures. Procuring and delivering sufficient PPE to the front line is critical to future management of this pandemic.”