According to a report in the Guardian yesterday:
Temporary care workers transmitted Covid-19 between care homes as cases surged, according to an unpublished government study which used genome tracking to investigate outbreaks.
And from BBC Scotland’s website only:
The company at the centre of a care home coronavirus outbreak on Skye says a total of 207 residents have died in its Scottish facilities. HC-One said it had recorded 1,002 suspected or confirmed cases of Covid-19 to date in its 56 homes.
HC-One have already admitted that they bussed in staff from as far away as Kent their Scottish homes, including Home Farm in Skye.
The obvious question here is why did this Cayman Islands-registered corporate giant which could make massive dividend payments to its shareholders, pay no tax in the UK and pay only poverty wages to its staff not pay to have these people tested before putting them into homes full of the most vulnerable people in the country?
Regardless of any campaign by the opposition parties, in cahoots with BBC Scotland TV and Radio News, the Herald and the Scotsman, to blame the Scottish Government for not testing everyone in care homes, this reveals the truth of the situation. The surge in deaths in Scotland’s care homes is primarily due to the failure of a profit-based care system and it’s inbuilt tendency to maximise income and to minimise costs.