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Care Minister questioned on coronavirus impact on social care

8 October 2020

The Health and Social Care Committee and Science and Technology Committee  examine the government’s actions during and since the first wave of the pandemic in a wider assessment of the impact of coronavirus on the social care sector.


Thursday 8 October 2020, virtual meeting

At 9.30am

Panel one

  • Theresa Steed, Home Manager, Tunbridge Wells Care Centre
  • Philip Scott, whose mother lives in a care home
  • Helen Spalding, carer

Panel two

  • Jane Townson, Chief Executive, UK Homecare Association
  • Kathy Roberts, Chair, Care Providers Alliance
  • Professor David Oliver, Geriatric Consultant, Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust

Panel three

  • Professor Jane Cummings, Adult Social Care Testing Director, Department of Health and Social Care
  • Michelle Dyson, Director General, Adult Social Care, Department of Health and Social Care
  • David Pearson CBE, Chair, Social Care Support Taskforce, Department of Health and Social Care
  • Helen Whately, Minister of State (Minister for Care), Department of Health and Social Care

Government guidance issued to care homes on infection control, testing of residents and staff, and the provision of personal protective equipment are among issues to be considered.

MPs will also hear from the manager of a care home on her experience of the pandemic’s impact on staff and residents. The hearing, chaired by Jeremy Hunt, will consider how the lack of stability in the social care provider market is affecting the sector’s response to the outbreak and ability to plan for the future.

Future evidence sessions in the inquiry will address modelling and statistics, the use of non-pharmaceutical interventions to manage the pandemic, treatments and vaccines, among other issues. MPs are examining the impact and effectiveness of action taken by government and the advice it has received.

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