Responding to the latest ONS analysis of Coronavirus (COVID-19) related deaths by occupation, James Bullion, President of ADASS today said:

"We have all seen the tragedy of the numbers of people dying in care homes.  Today’s ONS analysis reveals the horrific scale of the impact of Covid-19 on our people working in social care.. People who care for others, already undervalued, under-recognised and under-rewarded are dying because of the failure to properly prioritise and protect social care. 

"This underlines why the Government’s number one priority must now be to protect people needing and working in social care at all costs.  This means making sure that social care colleagues and family carers  are prioritised for PPE, have access to testing when and wherever they need it, and have support for the traumas that they experience. Pay and progression for social care staff must be recognised as social care is sorted out, once and for all. social care can no longer be an afterthought or a second order priority behind the NHS. 

"We must protect the courageous people that work in adult social care, at risk to their own health and ultimately their lives, so many of whom are making the ultimate sacrifice to care for others.  The time has come for the Government to shift its approach and make them their number one priority."