Commenting on the need for support in response to the pandemic’s impact on the NHS and social care sector, the president of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, James Bullion, the chief executive of NHS Providers, Chris Hopson, and the chief executive of the NHS Confederation, Danny Mortimer, said:
“Our colleagues across adult social care and the NHS are working harder than ever before to ensure that millions of us continue to get the care and support we need despite the increasing pressures of the COVID-19 pandemic. It is incredibly tough at the moment and it is clear that it will get harder before it gets better.
“We know from the first wave that the pandemic has had a disproportionate impact on those of us who are older, disabled people, their families and carers, those working in the NHS and social care, and people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities.
“Our hearts go out to the people who are bereaved, people struggling for life, people whose lives will not be the same again because of long COVID, and everyone working in social care and health who is exhausted and scared, but is carrying on and working to protect us all. Alongside all of the other essential workers, they are playing their part and protecting our families and communities.
“You can play your part too. High numbers of health and care staff are now off sick with the virus, meaning that in some places we have insufficient numbers of staff to deliver some services. So, we are encouraging anyone who has ever been a care worker, social worker, nurse, doctor, therapist, paramedic or other healthcare professionals to re-join the workforce so that we can increase the numbers of people providing care and support.
“Please stay at home. We can all do our bit by adhering to the rules, minimising social contacts, keeping our distance and not letting up on the lockdown too soon. It is only by protecting ourselves, our families and our communities that we will ultimately protect our health and social care system. Together we will get through the next few difficult weeks, but we need your help to do so.”
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