(Source: The Guardian)
Care home providers are passing on the costs of personal protective equipment to residents – with one charging more than £6 a day – after the government failed to deliver all of the promised funding during the pandemic, a leading charity has said.
Age UK said businesses in the care sector had to pay inflated prices because funding was not filtering through, while a union said some workers were having to pay for protective gloves, masks and gowns before they entered the homes.
The Dorset-based care company Agincare faced criticism on Monday over its decision to charge £6.47 extra per day to cover PPE and other rising costs in its homes, including staff cover and statutory sick pay.
Agincare, which runs 23 homes in the south of England, defended the additional charge because of extra staff costs and the rise in the price of purchasing PPE.
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