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The Covid-19 crisis in social care almost certainly didn’t need to be this bad

A story of inadequate funding, policy neglect and unintended consequences

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The change from the “stay at home” to “stay alert” messaging on Covid-19 has caused much controversy. The original messaging also included “protect our NHS,” and thankfully the position in NHS hospitals is now steadily improving. But it is telling that the mantra was never “protect our care system.” Was much of the crisis in social care avoidable?

The latest data for social care is, as we know, deeply concerning. In England and Wales, figures show that over 8,300 care home residents have now died…

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