There’s one thing missing, as always fro BBC Scotland, the evidence. Unlike most court cases, any investigation into what might be responsible for the death of staff or residents in care homes should benefit from the Care Inspectorate inspection reports, often completed only months before the deaths. These are objective, criterion-referenced, assessments by experienced practitioners which can shed light on events in a way that prosecutors in most cases can only dream of.
Look at this example:
People experiencing care should have confidence in the organisation and infection control policies and procedures are adhered to ensuring people are not at risk. We found that on some days there was only one member of housekeeping staff on in the morning for all the domestic duties in the whole home and there was no housekeeping staff on in the afternoon and evening. The housekeeping staff arrangements in the home were inadequate to ensure that the measures the service had planned and implemented to address this requirement had been met or were being suitable monitored and addressed.
Where a resident dies from an infection, might, in the light of the above, the manager be guilty? If the manager can prove they were denied the funds to resolve the problem, might the owners be guilty?