The Disabilities Trust was concerned to hear the recent comments from Prime Minister Boris Johnson about care homes not following guidance around coronavirus. Irene Sobowale, CEO of the Disabilities Trust, commented:

“Without a doubt we have been challenged by coronavirus as individuals, communities, organisations and as a social care sector. However, our staff at The Disabilities Trust, and staff in organisations across the sector, have given so much to face this challenge head on. Our teams have worked tirelessly to keep the people who live in our services safe, as well as innovating our quality care offering in spite of the crisis. As an organisation we have had to understand, translate and act on numerous iterations of guidance and in some circumstances without it. We have moved to keep up with the changing procedures with pace, compassion and integrity and are rightly proud of our staff and all of those across the sector.

“We were pleased to hear the Prime Minister discuss the importance of adequately funding the social care sector and the need to do better for our staff and the people we support as a whole. However his comments on care providers attendance to procedure is not something we recognise at The Disabilities Trust or across the sector. We think now is a time for us to work together towards transformation that supports and empowers strong resilient individuals, families and communities and builds a thriving social care sector rather than apportioning blame. We look forward to working with Government to do that.”

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