Only in Scotland: Why is this the face of a scandal of deaths in a private care home which fails inspection?

Why in England are ministers able to call for inquiries into health trusts’ handling of crises but in Scotland opposition leaders are platformed calling for inquiries into the ‘SNP’ government’s handling of performance into boards or private providers which they are not directly responsible for? Regardless of how this has come about, the effect is propaganda.

In Scotland:

In the midst of fabricated stories of the FM needing to be being pressurised into holding an inquiry, by the likes of Leonard and Carlaw, Scotland’s media persist in their unique habit of picturing her and her health secretary as the images of alleged scandals or crises in health care.

In England:

Multiple deaths but no sign of the PM or the Health Secretary. He will appear later to call for an inquiry as if it has nothing to do with him. The English media will allow this.

In Wales:

Three health crises, no minister.

These are only a sample. It’s a real thing. Try finding health scares in England or Wales where the photo is of the minister.

Any who have listened to FM Questions will be hard pushed to identify any resistance on the part of the SNP leadership, as they prefer to label them, to the ‘calls’ only from opposition leaders.

Finally, why is this man not the face of calls for a care home deaths inquiry?

4 thoughts on “Only in Scotland: Why is this the face of a scandal of deaths in a private care home which fails inspection?

  1. This explains a lot.

    In Scotland when the opposition are down to a total of one we will still get ‘balance’ in the form of 100% coverage of that one persons attack on the Scottish government even if it was the colour of street lights.
    Th only thing that worries me slightly about Independence is permanant trivia. But other countries manage. God Danish news is boring.

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  2. This distortion by Gordon is aimed at excluding information, not providing it.

    “The First Minister was accused of presiding over a dangerous scramble to move hundreds of elderly patients out of hospitals into homes at the start of the pandemic to free up NHS beds.”

    What happened was an agreement by the 4 UK countries to make space for hospital beds arising out of mistaken scientific belief that 80% of the population could be infected by covid19.

    It was the delay in lockdown, a UK government decision, that allowed the virus to spread so widely among the population. Also, it was the failure to stop people entering the UK from badly infected places that allowed the virus to be spread so rapidly.

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  3. Missing from the Herod account is any reference to asymptomatic transmission. Here is part of an article on findings about asymptomatic infection in a care home in King County, Washington.The report suggests, by inference, that it may not be possible to test at all some residents in care homes.

    Studies on the numbers of infected people that are asymptomatic vary, sometimes quite considerably. The WHO report on the epidemic in Wuhan found that asymptomatic transmission was very rare, most of those who were apparently asymptomatic went on to develop symptoms.

    This study finds that screening in a care home based on identifying symptoms of covid19 could fail to identify at least half of infections

    https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/69/wr/mm6913e1.htm

    “Older adults are susceptible to severe coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outcomes as a consequence of their age and, in some cases, underlying health conditions (1). A COVID-19 outbreak in a long-term care skilled nursing facility (SNF) in King County, Washington that was first identified on February 28, 2020, highlighted the potential for rapid spread among residents of these types of facilities (2). On March 1, a health care provider at a second long-term care skilled nursing facility (facility A) in King County, Washington, had a positive test result for SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19, after working while symptomatic on February 26 and 28. By March 6, seven residents of this second facility were symptomatic and had positive test results for SARS-CoV-2. On March 13, CDC performed symptom assessments and SARS-CoV-2 testing for 76 (93%) of the 82 facility A residents to evaluate the utility of symptom screening for identification of COVID-19 in SNF residents. Residents were categorized as asymptomatic or symptomatic at the time of testing, based on the absence or presence of fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms on the day of testing or during the preceding 14 days. Among 23 (30%) residents with positive test results, 10 (43%) had symptoms on the date of testing, and 13 (57%) were asymptomatic. Seven days after testing, 10 of these 13 previously asymptomatic residents had developed symptoms and were recategorized as presymptomatic at the time of testing. The reverse transcription–polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) testing cycle threshold (Ct) values indicated large quantities of viral RNA in asymptomatic, presymptomatic, and symptomatic residents, suggesting the potential for transmission regardless of symptoms. Symptom-based screening in SNFs could fail to identify approximately half of residents with COVID-19. Long-term care facilities should take proactive steps to prevent introduction of SARS-CoV-2 (3). Once a confirmed case is identified in an SNF, all residents should be placed on isolation precautions if possible (3), with considerations for extended use or reuse of personal protective equipment (PPE) as needed (4).”s

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