Health and Social Care Secretary, Matt Hancock has written a letter to social care staff to thank them for their work during the coronavirus outbreak.
In his letter, which he addresses to his 'brilliant colleagues in social care', he writes, 'My main message to you is simple: thank you.
'Thank you for going the extra mile to make sure the people who rely on you are supported. Thank you in advance for the difficult decisions you will have to make that will keep as many people as possible safe. Thank you for taking on extra shifts to cover for those who need to isolate or have their own caring responsibilities. Thank you for doing the right thing by isolating if you or somebody you live with has symptoms. Thank you for everything you are doing this week, next week and in the months to come.'
The letter to social care staff also notes the particular difficulties faced by the sector's workforce and assures them that Government is 'working round the clock' to ensure that everyone has the information and equipment they need.
Mr Hancock ends his letter restating Government's commitment to doing whatever is necessary and assures providers, 'That promise applies just as much to social care as it does for the NHS.'