Government still failing to provide essential protection for carers

Responding to Health Secretary’s press conference, Acting Leader of the Liberal Democrats Ed Davey said: “Promoting the use of the Care Badge, initially announced in March 2019, is welcome. Carers throughout the country are making enormous sacrifices to care for people during the Coronavirus crisis and must be recognised alongside NHS workers. 

Acting Leader Ed Davey

“Yet while we welcome the badge, Ministers have still not managed to provide all carers with the protection they desperately need.

“It is regrettably becoming clear that the Government is failing to deliver on key promises to care workers, especially over supplies of protective equipment.

“We simply cannot send tens of thousands of frontline workers to care for people as they fight this virus without adequate protection. The lack of sufficient protective equipment is a national scandal; many health and care staff clearly feel they’ve been sold down the river.”

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