Only 118 care home facilities for Covid patients have been set up in England, against pledge of 500

A government plan to relieve packed hospitals by designating hundreds of care homes to accept Covid patients has fallen far short of its target, increasing pressure on the NHS.

Only 118 “hot home” social care facilities have been set up across England, despite the Department of Health and Social Care saying in October that up to 500 would be approved by the end of November to prevent beds being blocked in hospitals. They are mostly wings of care homes accessed separately and using separate staff to prevent spreading the virus.

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