'There is a real crisis in social care': The King's Fund responds to ONS data on social care staff mortality

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Responding to the latest Office for National Statistics data on Covid-19 (coronavirus) related deaths by occupation, Sally Warren, Director of Policy at The King’s Fund, said:

‘The latest statistics reveal that social care workers are approximately twice as likely to die of Covid-19 as other working-age adults, including health care workers. These shocking figures suggest that social care workers are being disproportionately exposed to the virus and need more protection. This is further evidence that social care is right on the front line in the battle against Covid-19, and staff need to be prioritised and protected accordingly. There is a real crisis in social care: people are dying, and more will die if the government doesn’t give the same priority to social care as it does to the NHS.’

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