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.
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.