Further Questions on Care Homes Raised in Parliament – May 19th – about the report to the Government by the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services that (1) demand for personal protection equipment “could rapidly outstrip supply”, (2) advice on controlling cross infection will be required, and (3) they should “provide support with systems to collate data on suitable volunteers…as this was an area of weakness identified”, in the event of a pandemic; and what steps they took in response to that report; about whether human rights laws have been breached by hospitals that discharged older patients that were potentially infected with COVID-19 into care homes; and comments by the National Care Association that care homes have felt “completely abandoned” during the COVID-19 pandemic


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Further Questions on Care Homes Raised in Parliament – May 19th – about the report to the Government by the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services that (1) demand for personal protection equipment “could rapidly outstrip supply”, (2) advice on controlling cross infection will be required, and (3) they should “provide support with systems to collate data on suitable volunteers…as this was an area of weakness identified”, in the event of a pandemic; and what steps they took in response to that report; about whether human rights laws have been breached by hospitals that discharged older patients that were potentially infected with COVID-19 into care homes; and comments by the National Care Association that care homes have felt “completely abandoned” during the COVID-19 pandemic

 

Written Questions by Lord Alton of Liverpool House of Lords: May 19th 2020

 

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what assessment they made of the report by the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services Ensuring DASS and their partner decision makers have the critical and most up to date information and data on needs and capacity to plan for and make timely and rational decisions about the reprioritisation of services in response to a future flu pandemic and Identifying People who are Vulnerable in a Flu Pandemic Crisis, published in March 2018, which stated that (1) demand for personal protection equipment “could rapidly outstrip supply”, (2) advice on controlling cross infection will be required, and (3) they should “provide support with systems to collate data on suitable volunteers…as this was an area of weakness identified”, in the event of a pandemic; and what steps they took in response to that report.

 

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whether the laboratories involved in the development of COVID-19 vaccines are evaluating the (1) use, and (2) potential effects, of those vaccines in trials with (a) older people, and (b) people with disabilities.

 

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what discussions they have had with the Equality and Human Rights Commission about whether human rights laws have been breached by hospitals that discharged older patients that were potentially infected with COVID-19 into care homes.

 

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what assessment they have made of the comments by the National Care Association that care homes have felt “completely abandoned” during the COVID-19 pandemic and that prioritising the NHS without adequately protecting elderly people in care may have been “wrong”.

 

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whether all individuals currently in receipt of support, including outreach support, through the Victim Care Contract, will continue to receive financial and case work assistance for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

 

https://davidalton.net/2020/05/18/may-18-todays-house-of-lords-debate-on-the-international-response-to-covid-19-including-a-call-for-an-international-inquiry-into-the-genesis-of-a-virus-claiming-hundreds-of-thousands-of-l/

 

https://davidalton.net/2020/05/18/answers-from-government-today-on-letters-circulated-by-gp-surgeries-to-residents-in-care-homes-in-the-east-of-england-stating-that-residents-are-unlikely-to-benefit-from-mechanical-ventilatio/

 

Also see:

https://davidalton.net/2020/05/16/two-disturbing-reports-from-reuters-and-the-daily-telegraph-about-what-has-led-to-the-appalling-loss-of-life-in-our-care-homes-make-for-extremely-disturbing-reading/

And:

https://davidalton.net/2020/05/13/may-12-13th-speech-in-parliament-about-coronavirus-and-care-homes-questions-asked-and-others-answered-in-parliament-about-the-effects-of-covid-19-on-care-homes-and-stranded-seafarers-and-a-questi/

And:

https://davidalton.net/2020/05/05/more-disturbing-reports-about-care-homes-covid-19-is-stalking-the-uks-care-homes-and-challenges-the-claim-that-from-the-very-beginning-the-authorities-have-put-the-protecti/

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https://davidalton.net/2020/05/03/todays-observer-says-in-an-editorial-that-the-care-home-death-toll-is-an-indictment-of-our-society-they-are-right-james-bullion-the-new-president-of-the-association-of-directors-of-adult-soci/

https://davidalton.net/2020/04/23/house-of-lords-virtual-debate-on-covid-19-and-the-impact-on-care-homes-april-23rd-2019-when-will-care-homes-be-provided-with-adequate-supplies-of-ppe-and-their-staff-routinely-and-regularly-tested/

https://davidalton.net/2020/03/19/house-of-lords-debate-on-hong-kong-china-and-coronavirus-why-suppressing-information-rather-than-the-virus-has-cost-lives-and-set-back-the-time-required-time-to-develop-a-vaccine-the-heroism-of-wu/

https://davidalton.net/2020/03/24/coronavirus-questions-and-letters-to-ministers-since-february-availability-of-drugs-to-treat-symptoms-lack-of-ventilators-and-protective-clothing-for-nhs-medics-the-need-for-more-rapid-testing/

https://davidalton.net/2020/03/28/recent-written-questions-and-answers-in-parliament-by-david-alton/

https://davidalton.net/2020/04/02/coronavirus-ministers-challenged-about-delays-in-testing-drugs-replies-about-how-infections-occur-and-the-production-of-more-ventilators/

https://davidalton.net/2020/04/02/coronavirus-government-replies-about-the-benefits-of-the-use-of-tocilizumab-in-the-treatment-of-severe-cases-of-interstitial-pneumonia-linked-to-covid-19-the-current-availability-of-ventilators-in/

https://davidalton.net/2020/04/02/dr-jon-hastie-has-duchene-muscular-dystrophy-facing-the-prospect-of-a-refusal-to-treat-him-if-he-contracts-coronavirus-he-says-please-dont-let-people-like-me-die-without-giving-s-a/

https://davidalton.net/2020/04/02/burmese-cardinal-speaks-out-of-asia-for-asia-and-the-world-says-chinas-lies-and-propaganda-have-put-millions-of-lives-around-the-world-in-danger-that-instead-of-profiting-from-the-pandem/

https://davidalton.net/2020/04/13/the-government-must-urgently-release-details-of-covid-deaths-in-care-homes-and-support-their-staff-britain-needs-a-national-care-service-with-thousands-dying-parliament-is-missing-in-action/

https://davidalton.net/2020/04/21/covid-19-the-government-repeatedly-says-it-is-fallowing-the-science-but-why-some-science-and-not-other-science-in-a-parliamentary-reply-they-say-that-they-have-not-been-in-direct-contac/

https://davidalton.net/2020/04/25/julie-bass-chief-executive-of-turning-point-says-making-an-advance-decision-not-to-administer-cpr-if-a-persons-heart-stops-solely-because-they-have-a-learning-disability-is-not-o/

https://davidalton.net/2020/04/29/in-questions-today-in-parliament-i-ask-the-government-what-scientific-advice-was-sought-from-public-health-england-before-the-football-match-between-liverpool-and-atletico-madrid-on-11-march-was-permi/

https://davidalton.net/2020/04/30/parliament-urged-to-decentralise-powers-to-successfully-fight-covid-19-contract-tracing-and-detailed-on-the-ground-management-should-not-be-done-by-whitehall-disraeli-and-churchill-were-right-that/

https://davidalton.net/2020/04/30/covid-without-safety-nets-facing-coronavirus-from-a-place-of-destitution-and-despair-a-reflection-for-liverpool-parish-church-50-days-of-easter-this-is-a-moment-to-put-the-genius/

https://davidalton.net/2020/05/01/under-the-cloak-of-darkness-how-covid19-can-be-used-as-a-cover-to-curb-individual-rights-and-freedoms-which-parliament-must-defend-temporary-losses-must-not-become-permanent-the-coronavirus-crisis/

https://davidalton.net/2020/05/14/may-14-covid19-tests-for-care-home-residents-and-employees-a-complete-system-failure-questions-in-parliament/

https://davidalton.net/2020/05/14/food-supply-and-food-security-for-the-uks-66-million-people-during-covid-19-it-should-consider-the-need-for-seasonal-workers-the-challenge-faced-by-the-unemployed-and-low-income-families-and-the/

.https://davidalton.net/2020/05/14/government-replies-on-advice-given-to-care-homes-about-the-care-of-residents/

https://davidalton.net/2020/05/14/government-responds-to-parliamentary-question-asking-what-steps-they-are-taking-to-identify-and-protect-victims-of-human-trafficking-during-the-covid-19-pandemic/

https://davidalton.net/2020/05/15/government-replies-to-questions-about-why-their-admission-and-care-of-residents-during-covid-19-incident-in-a-care-home-guidance-does-not-recommend-that-a-resident-should-be-isolated-until-they-have/