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Covid-19: Concern about social care's ability to cope with pandemics was raised two years ago.

Published on May 11, 2020in BMJ27.604
· DOI :10.1136/BMJ.M1879
Michael Day11
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Mounting criticism of UK ministers’ failure to prevent the spread of covid-19 through care homes has been fanned by the leak of a government report from two years ago warning that the country was ill prepared for the next pandemic. Based on the findings of a government simulation of a flu pandemic, codenamed Exercise Cygnus, the 57 page Public Health England document, passed to the Guardian , concluded that the UK would be unable to cope with the “extreme demands” of a flu-like pandemic. In particular it raised concerns about the social care system’s ability to provide the level of support people needed, raising questions over whether ministers ever implemented any of the document’s 26 recommendations, including boosting the capacity of care homes and staff numbers. It also warned of the challenge facing homes asked …
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