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RETIRED rail workers won unanimous backing at transport union RMT’s annual conference today for a call for healthcare Act to bring social care and the NHS together.
The call follows outrage at government incompetence which contributed to the wave of Covid-19 deaths which swept through care homes at the height of the pandemic last year.
Retired rail guard Tony Donaghey, of RMT’s retired members section, who attended the conference with a delegation from the London region of the National Pensioners’ Convention, said that vulnerable elderly people had been discharged from hospital direct into care homes without having being tested for the virus.
Forty per cent of the first wave of Covid-19 deaths last year involved care home residents.
“And today care homes are at a state of near collapse,” he said.
A new healthcare Act would integrate all healthcare services in the Britain, including the NHS and social care outside hospital.
The motion said: “We demand an urgent healthcare Act which is an integral part of our NHS free at the point of need.”
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