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A service provided by The team at City Matters would like to wish all our readers a very Merry - and safe - Christmas. This year has proved to be a testing one for all of us, and we couldn’t be more thankful for your continued support of our independent publication. We will be back in print in January, but until then you can keep up with the latest City of London news via citymatters.london. Best wishes & see you in the New Year, CM. NEW City Wellbeing Centre Counselling and psychotherapy for workers and residents in the City of London and neighbouring boroughs 020 7380 1960 CityWe lbeingCentre.org CURRENTLY ONLINE Fears over safe Dec 2020 - Jan 2021 The City of London’s independent newspaper with 40,000 READERS Edition 124 Covid discharges Health bosses pledge to learn from mistakes after reports of risk to vulnerable patients without Covid-secure protocols CONCERNS have been raised over anecdotal reports about the risk to vulnerable people through discharge from hospitals without Covid-secure measures being taken, writes Ed Sheridan, Local Democracy Reporter. Counci lor si ting on an influential commi tee scrutinising health ma ters in Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets and the City of London cha lenged NHS bosses on cases involving patients being sent home without a clear Covid diagnosis, or without notification, from Covid-positive wards. C lr Peter Sne l, who is also Chair of Trustees of DABD UK, a charity which provides services to enable people to live independently, ca led for the proper hospital with Covid-19. We only knew sharing of information when system to check on him because the ambulance failures a low people to be discharged driver told us. without adequate protection into situations in which they could infect others whole region to monitor discharges “What is happening across this with Covid. that have then put other people at risk Sne l said: “The whole principle of and where there have been failings in the NHS is that we learn from mistakes. the system so that we can a learn from It’s a no-blame culture and we just get each other? on with it. I’m not going to go into “We can protest about discharges details of the poor client we had with into care homes on behalf of our clients, cystic fibrosis who was discharged from but what is happening for discharges RESPONSIBILITY: Since April the NHS has had responsibility for testing any patient discharged from hospital to a care home. diagnoses to vulnerable spouses who could be aged over 80, adding tha the issue was “something that should be looked at”. Responding to counci lors’ questioning, Jane Mi ligan, who is the accountable officer of Newham Clinical Commissioning Group, underlined that the health system brings together multi-agency groups of social workers, GPs, acute and community staff in which professionals share good practice and can learn from mistakes. Directors of adult social services are also understood to meet on a weekly basis to feed in information on these issues, as we l as safeguarding leads into home circumstances where the for adults and children, making sure tests have not been fo lowed and how that a measure of “quality oversight do we make sure that that happens in on a l kinds of different levels” is future? provided, according to Mi ligan, “The ambulance driver told us he had who urged counci lors listening just come from a ward with a Covid to share instances of where things had patient. That should never happen, so gone wrong. come on – let’s learn from each other.” Waltham Forest Counci lor Richard Sweden also said that he had heard anecdotal reports of people being discharged home with positive Turn to Page 6 David Maher, Managing Director at City & Hackney CCG, said that to his knowledge the health system had not experienced “vast numbers” of incidents NEW City Wellbeing Centre Christmas shows in the City P8 & 9 Memberships gift guide P10 & 11 Alternative holiday hampers P12 Staff and employees – the City Wellbeing Centre is for you, with accessible counselling and psychotherapy for City of London firms, individuals working in the City and local residents. Book an appointment or find out how you and your firm can benefit from this new talking therapy centre. 020 7380 1960 CityWellbeingCentre.org A service provided by ONLINE THERAPY SESSIONS AVAILABLE

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