How the Tories sowed the seeds of this whirlwind of mass deaths among the elderly ten years ago

https://www.bmj.com/company/newsroom/health-and-social-care-spending-cuts-linked-to-120000-excess-deaths-in-england/

Searching for evidence to use in earlier posts about care home deaths, I found this piece in the BMJ from 2017.

Reading it at the time, though shocked, I did not imagine the thousands of private care home residents now dying in places ill-equipped to cope with the coronavirus onslaught. When I say ill-equipped I do not mean because of government failures to test or to provide PPE as Scottish Tory hypocrites and BBC Scotland would love to claim. I mean ill-equipped because of rapacious management treating their patients as cash cows and failing to train, equip, or pay adequately, their staff.

The BMJ report makes it clear that Tory austerity triggered the mass deaths then and we can safely conclude, sowed the seeds of the whirlwind of death we see today:

Health and social care spending cuts linked to 120,000 excess deaths in England. Over 60s and care home residents most at risk; changes in nurse numbers may be key The squeeze on public finances since 2010 is linked to nearly 120,000 excess deaths in England, with the over 60s and care home residents bearing the brunt, reveals the first study of its kind, published in the online journal BMJ Open. The critical factor in these figures may be changes in nurse numbers, say the researchers, who warn that there could be an additional toll of up to 100 deaths every day from now on in.

https://www.bmj.com/company/newsroom/health-and-social-care-spending-cuts-linked-to-120000-excess-deaths-in-england/

While we know that deaths in hospitals are twice as high in England than in Scotland, we are not yet able to confidently compare deaths in care homes, but with around 300 so far confirmed in Scotland and the CE of Care England predicting that 7 500 have already died there, the per capita ratio looks likely be at least the same.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/apr/21/coronavirus-deaths-in-care-homes-in-england-and-wales-more-than-quadruple-in-a-week

3 thoughts on “How the Tories sowed the seeds of this whirlwind of mass deaths among the elderly ten years ago”

  1. In England it is increasingly difficult to staff care homes.

    https://www.nurses.co.uk/nursing/blog/the-cost-of-high-staff-turnover/

    The staff turnover rate in the adult social care sector in England was estimated at 27.3% in 2015/16, well above the national average of roughly 18%.However, this is considered to be a very conservative estimate. Many care homes lose over half their staff every year and some record annual turnover rates of over 100%….

    …High staff turnover impacts many aspects of care, especially budgeting. For residential care providers, using agency staff to help plug the gap is incredibly expensive whilst for home care providers, staff shortage means that money is lost because care can’t be delivered.On top of that, recruiting and training replacements takes both time and money, neither of which the sector has an abundance of.Existing staff can be hit hard by high turnover rates. They are the ones that feel the impact of cash flow, workplace stress and low morale most keenly because they are the ones who have to pick up extra workloads when a colleague leaves and they feel the pinch from tightening budgets.”

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  2. “The Violence of Austerity” was published in 2016. The introduction says this:” The Department for Environment,Food and Rural Affairs is said to be the most severely targeted government department with a real term cut of 57 per cent. Austerity,by targeting the areas of public spending that protect us from threats to our well-being and our lives, has wholly unravelled our system of social protection….

    …If nothing else, austerity reveals the “ordinary” and “mundane” bureaucratised face of violence.This is the common thread that runs through every chapter in this book. Each contribution has in some way uncovered the intricate relationship between political violence and institutions that are tasked with implementing and administering key political objectives.It is institutional violence. This is a form of violence that can be understood as a means of force which is not simply acted upon, but organised and administered through legitimate means.”

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  3. Here is a thread that shows the inevitable fall -out, the lies and cover up needed to disguise the consequences of ideology.

    “Jon Stone
    @joncstone
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    13h
    Replying to
    @joncstone
    31 January, 2 March, 19 March: British officials in Brussels attend meetings discussing EU scheme to help countries procure coronavirus equipment https://theguardian.com/world/2020/apr/13/uk-missed-three-chances-to-join-eu-scheme-to-bulk-buy-ppe and…..

    17 March: European Commission spokesperson confirms publicly that the UK is entitled to take part in the EU’s coronavirus equipment procurement scheme, when asked by
    @JenniferMerode from the Guardian…

    📌Correction 📌 What I was told this morning about UK participation in EU procurement was wrong.
    EC spox : “They are eligible to participate in these joint procedures.” Original tweet will be deleted. https://twitter.com/JenniferMerode/status/1239881709950251009

    Jon Stone
    @joncstone
    ·
    13h
    19 March: Boris Johnson is urged by British politicians to join the EU’s protective equipment procurement scheme

    Jon Stone
    @joncstone
    ·
    13h
    24 March: European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announces that the procurement scheme has managed to secure several large orders with manufacturers of protective equipment. The UK isn’t among those member sates taking part

    Jon Stone
    @joncstone
    ·
    13h
    26 March 12.00pm: Asked why the UK has declined to join the scheme, Downing Street spokesperson simply says: “We are no longer members of the EU.” Boris Johnson is accused of being “ideological” in refusing to join

    26 March 6.45pm: Downing Street spokesperson claims to lobby journalists that in fact, a communications error meant the UK missed the invitation to join the scheme

    Jon Stone
    @joncstone
    ·
    13h
    April 14: Cabinet minister Therese Coffey seems to suggest not joining the scheme was deliberate decision, telling LBC: “The government has made an assessment that by joining the schemes, it wasn’t going to make any particular difference”

    Jon Stone
    @joncstone
    ·
    13h
    April 21 3.50pm: Foreign Office’s top civil servant Sir Simon McDonald tells MPs he briefed ministers about the options and they made “political decision” not to joint the scheme

    Patrick Wintour
    @patrickwintour
    · 15h
    Asked why the UK did not take part in an EU ventilator scheme, the Foreign office permanent secretary said “It was a political decision. The UK mission (UKREP) briefed ministers about what was abailable and what was on offer and the decision is known”. So much for missed emails.

    Jon Stone
    @joncstone
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    13h
    April 21, 5.15pm: Matt Hancock tells daily press briefing: “As far as I’m aware there was no political decision not to participate in that scheme … we are now members of that scheme.”

    n Stone
    @joncstone
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    13h
    April 21, 5.36pm: Government sources tell select journalists that civil servant Sir Simon McDonald to write to ‘clarify’ that it wasn’t a political decision not to join the scheme

    Alex Deam
    @someotheralex
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    13h
    Replying to
    @joncstone
    Jon, there are two other things missing from your timeline aiui:

    1) Matt Hancock said on Question Time that they’d applied to the scheme *that very day* (pre-refuting the “no email” lie)

    2) The Sunday Times piece at the weekend claimed they’d missed meetings on this scheme

    en Jf
    @Humdiha
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    13h
    Replying to
    @joncstone
    Meanwhile, UK PPE producers are selling their produce to EU countries because they can’t get a response from the Cons. At the same time, the Cons are selling PPE to tax havens”

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