Following his survey of the 47 care homes in Erdington, Jack Dromey MP has written to the CEOs of the 6 largest supermarket chains in the UK, asking them to offer greater support to care homes with shopping arrangements.
The request comes after the survey of Erdington care homes revealed that several care homes are unable to access online delivery slots and in-store they are often being held to the same shopping restrictions as normal shoppers. This means they are unable to buy enough supplies to feed their residents in one trip, and staff face multiple trips to the supermarket, increasing their chances of contracting Covid-19.
In the letter Jack requests the CEOs ensure their stores do the following:
“1) Exempt care homes from the item restriction limit that is in place for regular shoppers
2) Create special online delivery slots to enable care homes to access online deliveries – preventing their staff from making unnecessary trips to the supermarket where they risk contracting COVID-19”
Jack Dromey said:
“Local care homes have revealed to me that they are struggling to buy enough food for care home residents.
“Care homes are not exempt from the rationing limits that apply to normal shoppers during the Coronavirus outbreak, so many are now faced with severe shortages of basic provisions. The lack of online delivery slots has also meant care home staff having to make multiple trips to local supermarkets to queue for food, exposing themselves and therefore their residents to a higher risk of COVID-19 infection.”
Speaking of the two requests made to Supermarket CEOs, Jack said:
“I believe these two steps are practical and easy to achieve. They would have a significant impact on the ability of care homes, and their employees, to care for their residents.
“We must support our care homes in the vital work they do.”
You can read the full letter below: