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Care homes to get extra £546m COVID-19 funding

by mojohand

We welcome the announcement of an extension to the Infection Control Fund, promising an
extra £546m in funding to bolster infection prevention and control measures in care homes
during the winter. The news comes after a series of calls from the sector for the government
to make its plans known urgently before the deadline of the initial fund on 30th September.
Vic Rayner, Executive Director of the National Care Forum said:

“In the nick of time, the government has announced an extension of the Infection Control
Fund. This ring-fenced finance has been a vital lifeline for many providers of care to ensure
they are able to support staff who are isolating, and to minimise movement of staff within
and between homes. It is imperative that this funding reaches the front line quickly. We
welcome the funding, and need urgently the detail to enable understanding of the criteria
and timeframe.

“The clock has been ticking on the government around a number of major announcements
this week – the Infection Control funding is most welcome – but needs to be understood
against a wider set of commitments for winter and any second wave. The well documented
breakdowns around testing, rising rates of infection and increases in local lockdowns mean
that we need these government plans to be shared today – preparation is critical and last
minute announcements serve no one well.”

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