Protect Care homes

Should the Government keep funding Covid care for people coming out of hospital?

One of the big problems in the first spike of Covid was elderly people being discharged from hospitals and being sent back to their care homes, taking the infection back with them. This meant that many vulnerable people caught Covid in care homes and sadly, many lost their lives.

In the second lockdown Portsmouth City Council set up an isolation unit so residents coming out of hospital who have Covid infections didn't go straight back to their care homes and take the infection with them. The unit is designed to cut the chain of infection and protect really vulnerable people in care homes. 

The Government has only funded this till the end of March. We think this isolation unit (the Gunwharf Unit at Harry Sotnick House in Fratton) has cut the chain of Covid infection and the Government should continue to fund this. Lives are being saved in our care homes because of this.

If you agree with me that the Government should continue to fund this vital scheme, please sign our petition.

Cllr Matthew Winnington
Cabinet Member for Health, Wellbeing & Social Care

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