Care home leaders have urged the government for protection from legal claims during the coronavirus pandemic.
Leaders told the Mail they were facing rocketing insurance premiums and running costs and could face ruin if taken to court by bereaved families.
Professor Martin Green, chief executive of Care England, said: “The Government must step in. They need to do it as a matter of urgency because it’s a big issue. If they don’t, it will restrict visits and put some services out of commission.’
Mike Padgham, chairman of the Independent Care Group and managing director of St Cecilia’s care group, added: “It would make a big difference to visiting. At the moment, if you get an issue from visits you can’t get covered for that.
“We feel we don’t get treated the same as the NHS and this insurance issue is a part of that.
“All we’re asking for is for the Government to stand behind us if we get a claim.”
Many care home leaders are struggling to get insurance cover with insurers worried over the potential cost of claims.
The report said some premiums had increased for some providers by more than 500%.
The Department of Health and Social Care said it was working with care and insurance providers to understand the severity of issues and was assessing whether action would be required.