Revitalise celebrates as Government indemnifies care homes supporting NHS COVID patients, allowing vital work to continue

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20th January 2021

Revitalise celebrates as Government indemnifies care homes supporting NHS COVID patients, allowing vital work to continue

 

  • Following a recent Revitalise campaign to continue caring for COVID positive patients at their centre, in support of the NHS, Government agrees to provide ‘time-limited’ insurance

Revitalise are celebrating today after their national campaign resulted in the announcement from Government that care homes will be indemnified to continue caring for people with COVID-19, in support of the NHS. Revitalise, one of only 129 Designated Settings approved to care for COVID positive patients,  have been unable to secure ongoing insurance cover for this service from any UK insurer, despite the directive for care homes to be requisitioned as facilities to support the NHS during this critical phase of the pandemic.

Had a solution not been found, the charity, along with many other Designated Settings across the UK, would have had to stop accepting hospital discharges, adding to the already overwhelming pressures faced by the NHS. On behalf of the sector, the charity’s senior leaders therefore made a direct plea to the Government for help.

In a statement released by Nadhim Zahawi, the COVID vaccine deployment minister, the Treasury agreed to fund “time-limited” insurance, saying “Government will introduce a targeted and time-limited indemnity offer to fill gaps in commercial cover” – allowing Revitalise to continue providing care to patients at their Netley Waterside House centre.

Revitalise CEO Jan Tregelles said:

” We are delighted that our message has been heard loud and clear and would like to thank the Government for their quick intervention and for finding a solution, allowing us to continue providing beds to patients who have tested positive for COVID-19, freeing up hospital beds for those with more serious symptoms.

In this hour of need for the NHS – it is crucial that care providers like Revitalise are able to step up and ease the strain of packed hospitals and we are so pleased that the Government has recognised that importance. We are very proud of our frontline workers.” 

Nadhim Zahawi said: 

“Given the severity and immediacy of the pressures facing the NHS, we want to take all possible steps to remove obstacles to sufficient local Designated Settings provision. This includes ensuring that where the creation of Designated Settings has created barriers to insurance, the Government will introduce a targeted and time-limited indemnity offer to fill gaps in commercial cover.”

Mr Zahawi said that the cover will last for around eight weeks, until mid-March.

For 57 years, Revitalise has provided respite care breaks to thousands of disabled people and their families, offering a vital lifeline to people with conditions including MS, cerebral palsy, stroke and Parkinson’s.


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