12 June 2020
Green Party Press Release
Cambridge Green Party calls for immediate inquiry into care homes scandal
Friday 12th June, 2020
Cambridge Green Party have reacted to coverage of the discharge of patients from Addenbrooke’s Hospital into care homes with Coronavirus outbreaks by calling for an immediate inquiry into the government guidance that lay behind it.
The Guardian reported on Friday that the family of a Cambridge resident, 83, have lodged a formal complaint after he was discharged from Addenbrooke's to a care home in Peterborough where there was an outbreak. He contracted the virus, but survived. Government guidance issued on 19 March instructed hospitals that patients should be discharged within two hours of being identified. There was no requirement that they should be tested before discharge for a further four weeks, until later guidance was issued on 16 April.
Jeremy Caddick, Green Party parliamentary candidate for Cambridge, said an inquiry was urgently needed:
‘What has happened in our care homes is a tragedy and a scandal. One of the causes of this tragedy seems to be the government’s own instructions to hospitals. We need an inquiry now, not after the pandemic, because it is vital that we know what happened and learn the lessons to prevent such poor decisions being repeated before the inevitable second wave hits.'
Dr Hannah Copley, NHS doctor and Green Party City Council Candidate, said
'Those in care homes are among the most vulnerable in society to the effects of contracting coronavirus. There are a number of governmental failings that may have resulted in the death of many care home residents, including the late implementation of a lockdown, widespread shortages of personal protective equipment affecting care homes, and underfunding of social care. Addenbrooke's is a leading hospital of clinical and academic excellence who have been very open with both their staff and the public throughout the pandemic. We should demand the same from our Government.'
19 March guidance 'COVID-19 Hospital Discharge Service Requirements'
16 April guidance ‘COVID-19: our action plan for adult social care' https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-adult-social-care-action-plan/covid-19-our-action-plan-for-adult-social-care