FILE PHOTO: Residents of a nursing home are seen in a room, as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues in Capralba, near Cremona, Italy May 22, 2020. REUTERS/Flavio Lo Scalzo/File Photo
MILAN (Reuters) – Authorities in Lombardy, the northern Italian region at the centre of one of Europe’s worst coronavirus outbreaks, have rebuffed requests to top up health service budgets to cover huge increases in services from homecare operators.
As a result, many operators are unsure if they will be able to pay staff who have looked after COVID-19 patients at home or in nursing homes while the region’s hospitals were struggling to cope with the thousands of patients requiring intensive care.
“The region is leaving health services in limbo like this,” said Massimo Sparpaglione, president of Assedo, an association for companies and cooperative groups in the sector.
Lombardy’s regional government confirmed it had passed a measure this week leaving budget ceilings set…
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