“A national scandal” – UNISON on coronavirus death rates of social care workers

UNISON has described as a “national scandal” the news that men and women working in social care in England and Wales are more likely to die from Covid-19 than working people as a whole.

The figures, published yesterday afternoon by the the Office for National Statistics, prompted UNISON assistant general secretary Christina McAnea to say: “These figures reflect a tragic national scandal. The government has failed to protect social care during this pandemic and even now, these issues are far from being resolved.

“Care workers have financial pressures to work when they should be shielding or self-isolating. Protective kit is being used for longer than is safe and testing is still not happening. Social care needs reform from top to toe to fix the system for good.”

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