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Care homes, the forgotten prisons


THE nation’s focus now diverted to child vaccination, booster shots and the multifarious menaces of the Autumn and Winter Plan, it’s easy to forget that the elderly exist. The original brand of the outbreak have become spectres of late.

The September 16 deadline by which care home workers must have received their first dose of vaccine has come and gone, with the second dose deadline of November 11 next on the horizon, and for vaccine refusers this will mean the termination of their contracts.

All are currently in the distastefully named ‘grace period’ – forced to choose between tampering perilously with their immune systems or crippling their finances.

The risk-assessment for the mandate – the ‘Statement of Impact’ paper – was updated on Freedom Day, July 19, no doubt to mask its odour with a strategic perfume of media hysteria. True to form, it does not highlight a single disastrous implication for the very people its coercive measures have supposedly been designed to shield.

‘The main impact is the displacement of workers not fulfilling the condition of deployment’ is a fine example of its wayward priorities.

The statement estimates the number of staff the sector may lose due to vaccine refusal (40,000 out of a workforce of 570,000), the financial cost to care home providers (£100million), and suggests that local authorities manage the situation by ‘relocating residents in the event of service closures.’ 

The forcibly-uprooted victims of pernicious policy are called ‘displaced people’ or ‘refugees’. Whether they live in conflict zones or East Anglia is irrelevant.

Where are the estimates of the ruinous impacts to the one-time totems of this forbidding agenda, the elderly themselves? How numerous will be the casualties of this sadistic mandate, formulated to dispose of the more antiquated strains of frailty and weakness so as to facilitate the propagation of the non-age-specific infirmity of the post-Covid International Order?

According to the paper nobody need worry. The loss of 40,000 care workers will not be a problem, as the approaching end of the furlough scheme ‘may result in a possible sudden increase in the size of the adult social care workforce entrant pool, helped further by the limited level of requirements necessary for those entering the sector’.

Disastrously, then, it appears that should the carers our vulnerable elderly have come to know, love and depend entirely upon choose self-determination over medicalised duress, they will be replaced by hard-up people with little concern for their welfare, hoovered up from various other ailing and unrelated sectors, and only minimally vetted by a care home manager desperate to refill vacant positions. They will not require the most basic of qualifications: an interest in their new line of work.

Or, as the Guardian reported last month, ‘an army of volunteers’ may be needed to make up the shortfall in staff. Well-meaning but untrained volunteers manning under-staffed care homes, feeding and washing the infirm whilst top brass continue pouring taxes down the drain of ineffective medical interventions designed to help combat a fiat emergency.

According to, the average weekly cost of a residential care home is £704, while figure for a nursing home is £888, though £1,300 is not an uncommonly quoted figure for either in my experience.

Will the vulnerable aged, who must sell their beloved homes to finance their personal care, soon find themselves at the mercy of inexperienced volunteers, and inexperienced and disinterested staff?

Protect the vulnerable’, Government advised as a virus of institutions was left to rip through the homes of the frail.

Shield the defenceless!’ they screamed as the entire nation was ludicrously shut down, and ordered to await the salvific vaccination of the incarcerated elderly.

Don’t kill granny’, they tutted, instilling guilt into a populace then blamed for the pogrom in its entirety.

Rob them of their carers’, they now pronounce without a care in the world, not daring to point out that the vaccine, by design, was never meant to offer liberation.

Our triple-jabbed, imprisoned elders are flicked nowt but a single thruppence of recognition in the form of an ‘unquantified’ but ‘fairly substantial and long lasting’ benefit: that of ‘reduced illness via the immunisation of somebody else, using a vaccine that prevents neither infection nor transmission. Ingenious.

Out of the frying pan and into the fire for the most vulnerable this autumn and winter then. Behind a gossamer-thin veil of compassion, Government have afforded them a dubious, unsubstantiated, likely computer-modelled, reduced risk of hospitalisation from Covid-19. In exchange, due to inhumane visitation protocol and imminent staff shortages, all other aspects of their care will be depleted, no doubt making them wish for death anyway.

Whichever injurious plan is implemented this autumn and winter, let us not forget that care home residents are still in the first lockdown.

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