The decision to discharge around 25,000 patients from NHS hospitals into care homes without first testing them was "an appalling error", according to a report from the Commons' Public Accounts Committee.
It says there was a "slow, inconsistent, and at times negligent" approach to social care during the coronavirus pandemic, and warns the sector faces a funding gap of almost £4 billion by 2025.
Cllr Paulette Hamilton, Vice-Chair of the LGA's Community Wellbeing Board, said: "Those who use, work and volunteer in these vital services were not given as much priority as the NHS from the outset. We cannot and must not allow any of these mistakes to be repeated."
However, in light of the COVID-19 crisis, it is clear that social care needs a complete reset and we cannot simply revert back to the way it was prior to the pandemic. We have therefore developed a set of seven key principles which must underpin the reform of social care and support, considering the lessons learned from the pandemic.
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