Carers to get ‘badge of honour’ as Health Secretary plans changes to social care
Cares across the UK will get a ‘badge of honour’ in recognition for their work in the face of the coronavirus outbreak, under plans laid out by the Health and Social Care Secretary.
Matt Hancock said those who work in social care deserved the same recognition as frontline NHS staff during the pandemic.
Under the changes announced at today’s Downing Street briefing, Mr Hancock said carers will get a new brand like the blue and white badge worn by NHS workers.
Supermarkets will also be asked to give the same priority to carers in line with that given to frontline health staff.
Elsewhere, the government will take on a recruitment drive for care staff and pay for inductions training. Priority drops for personal protective equipment will also continue until an online system is developed.
Mr Hancock also outlined plans to change procedures so people have a “last chance to say goodbye” to loved ones who are at the end of their life in care.
He reiterated plans to offer all residents in homes and care staff tests for coronavirus as revealed earlier today.
“Often the most vulnerable to this disease are in care homes,” he said.
Yesterday, it was revealed 17 care homes across Lincolnshire had been put under protective isolation after suspected or confirmed cases or coronavirus were found.
Meanwhile, Mr Hancock echoed comments by Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab, that the government would not relax lockdown measures “until it is safe to do so”.