Urgent action needed to open up care homes for visits, ministers told

Guidance and testing regime in England under fire as relatives fear for isolated residents

The Labour party and charities have called on ministers to take urgent action to help care homes in England receive more visitors, amid widespread warnings that isolation because of coronavirus is causing many residents to deteriorate rapidly.

The shadow social care minister, Liz Kendall, said the government should introduce more testing and protective equipment, while a charity which represents care residents and their families called for a wider re-evaluation of visiting rules to take into account the impact of separation from loved ones.

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