Care homes: The 'forgotten frontline' in the coronavirus crisis

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Care homes: The 'forgotten frontline' in the coronavirus crisis

Thursday, 9 April

In this episode, we look at what’s happening in the UK's care homes during this outbreak. Carers have been telling ITV News that they feel like the ‘forgotten frontline’ in the crisis.
ITV News correspondent Paul Brand has been speaking to care home staff over the last couple of weeks. They’ve been telling him about their struggles not only in getting personal protective equipment, but also coronavirus tests - meaning many are having to self-isolate, unable to work and look after vulnerable residents.
It's a difficult time for relatives too - with all visits banned, they're only able to talk to their loved ones through a window.
Paul talks to Mary Nightingale about what he witnessed on his recent visits to care homes, and the concerns from staff, with many feeling like 'second class citizens' compared to NHS workers.
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