Care providers will be given an extra £546 million to bolster infection control and help protect residents and staff throughout winter.
Care providers in England will benefit from over half a billion pounds extra funding to reduce COVID-19 transmission and help protect residents and staff throughout winter.
The Infection Control Fund, set up in May, has now been extended until March 2021, with an extra £546 million to help the care sector restrict the movement of staff between care homes to stop the spread of the virus.
The fund will help care providers pay staff full wages when they are self-isolating, and enable staff to work in only one care home, reducing the risk of spreading the infection.
This brings the total funding for infection control measures in care homes to over £1.1 billion and underlines the government’s commitment to ensure adult social care has the resources it needs to keep residents and staff safe.
Commenting, Steve Double, Member of Parliament for St Austell and Newquay said:
“As Parliamentary Private Secretary for the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, I welcome the extension of the Infection Control Fund, which has been vital in restricting the spread of COVID-19 to some of our most vulnerable people through our care homes.”
“This is a sensible and necessary step and one that I am sure will be welcomed by the Care Home sector.”
“I look forward to confirming the share that Cornwall will be allocated from this fund and working with the Council so it is spent in the most effective way.”