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The care conundrum

Will the wave of Covid-19 care home deaths finally jolt us into grappling with the way we look after our frail and elderly?

© Beth Goody

Social care—the huge, unloved, frequently neglected arm of Britain’s welfare state—has been put under the spotlight as never before by Covid-19. It started with the move to protect the NHS by emptying hospital beds to cope with the huge surge of cases that was to come. Thousands of patients untested for the virus were discharged to care homes. With that came a desperate failure to provide personal protective equipment fast enough, let alone tests for the coronavirus. There have since been perhaps 20,000 deaths in…

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