New Covid-19 testing plan urgently needed - Avenues Group
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New Covid-19 testing plan urgently needed

Wednesday 27th of May 2020

Avenues is concerned that the lives of the people the organisation supports are being put at risk through their omission from the Government’s current Covid-19 testing programme.

The majority of our service users have multiple or complex health needs, which put them at heightened susceptibility to the disease.

Yet because they live in the community rather than residential care homes, they are not automatically eligible for screening.

They would only be eligible if they lived in a service accommodating 50+ residents, which (thankfully) is no longer deemed by the Government to be appropriate for people with complex needs.

This is just an overview of why we believe the current system is so unfair, unsafe and unjustifiable, and demands urgent attention.

We want to know why the people we support are being so dangerously excluded from testing, and when this will be put right. 

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