In the Herald yesterday:

There should be consideration of whether decisions taken by the Scottish Government during the last three months have recognised and respected the human rights of care home residents. With Scotland registering the highest level of Covid-19 care home deaths in the UK, and perhaps proportionately in the world, it is vital that we ensure that lessons are learnt to stop this ever happening again.

The sight of socialists such as Leonard and Smith, of the GMB, joining forces with the likes of Carlaw, Davidson and Kerr, in a faked opportunistic attack on the SNP Government, must leave a sour taste in the mouths of their supporters and members.

That their preferred target is Scotland’s main social democratic party rather than the UK Tory Government which delayed the lock-down and killed thousands or the corporate owners of the care homes who failed to implement proper infection control, tells us all we need to know about their decay as political forces.

With particular regard to the claim of a higher level of care home deaths, Leonard repeats the words of Ruth Davidson and Alister Kerr in the MSM and the Herald does its job by not challenging them. It is, of course inaccurate.

Here’s the truth about care home deaths:

Data from research by LSE, reported on May 14th in Care Home Professional:

More than 22,000 care home residents in England and Wales have died during the coronavirus pandemic, according to new research. In a new paper, the LSE said data on deaths had underestimated the impact of the pandemic on care home residents as it did not take into account the indirect mortality effects of the pandemic and/or because of problems with the identification of the disease as the cause of death. The paper said current data only accounted for an estimated 41.6% of all excess deaths in care homes.

In Scotland, up to 17th May there were 1 623 deaths in care homes where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.

The population of England and Wales is 59 million, 10.7 times that of Scotland at 5.5 million so, all things being equal you might expect the death rate there to be 10.7 times 1 623 or 17 366.

The actual care home death rate based on the LSE research is more than 22 000 and thus 30% higher than in Scotland.