PRESS RELEASE – 3 April 2020
Healthwatch Brighton and Hove raises concerns about guidance issued to GPs and Care Homes
Healthwatch Brighton and Hove has asked the local NHS CCG for a copy of the guidance issued to GPs on Covid-19 concerning Care Home residents. We have also asked for some comment and explanation about the context in which the advice has been provided.
Healthwatch is not making any judgements about the advice, although as reported it would seem at the very least to be insensitive. The Healthwatch Brighton and Hove Chair Fran McCabe, said today:
“These are difficult times and the NHS is making tough decisions everyday with the sole intention of protecting everyone. However, what seems to be particularly challenging guidelines have been issued in a situation where the Care Quality Commission, the official regulator for Health and Care, are not undertaking routine inspections. The Health and Wellbeing Board in the City is not meeting as normal, nor is the Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee at Brighton and Hove Council; and organisations like local Healthwatch have focused our energies on Covid-19 response.
Many Care Homes have restricted visiting and it would be a concern if some people are asked to consider completing ‘Do not resuscitate’ requests without normal access to the support of their family and friends.
Established good practice is all about individual care planning where everyone’s unique circumstances and preferences are considered as paramount.
This is not a time for rushing to criticise NHS decision makers, but it is important that local people are made aware and are involved in decisions that deeply impact some of the most vulnerable people in our community.”
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