Health inspectors have uncovered multiple problems with infection control and the use of personal protective equipment in care homes in England ahead of a second spike in Covid-19, which is starting to be detected in care facilities across the country.
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) found homes where PPE was not being worn and that had out-of-date infection prevention policies and were failing to take steps to protect black and minority ethnic residents and staff who have been identified as potentially more vulnerable to the virus.
The checks took place last month in 59 English care homes and were triggered by concerns about safety and quality or complaints by residents, staff and relatives.
The checks precede a government announcement within days of a winter infection control fund that is expected to broadly match the £600m already committed this year. The fund will pay additional staff costs stemming from using less highly mobile temporary workers who have been shown to…
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