In the Herald today, we read that a member of staff has retested positive for Covid-19. We then hear from NHS Highland how it is dealing with the situation, testing and managing the incident

The owners of the care home, HC-One, do not feature in the report. Threatened with the loss of their licence to operate the home, when ten residents died and all of the staff were infected, HC-One have since made sufficient improvements to keep it along with, presumably, fees of up to £1 000 per week.

STV has summarised the events:

Although that inspection did raise some issues in relation to the use of PPE and indeed the storage of some medicine, it’s not maintained by the petitioners that the position is that people are currently seriously at risk in terms of their health.” The licence suspension application has now been dropped and care home owner HC-One has been given a three-week deadline to explain its future plans. Another hearing will take place on August 21. Malcolm Gunnyeon, representing HC-One, told the court the home is being run as a partnership between it and NHS Highland.ADVERT

He said: “HC-One do remain the registered operator of the home and responsible for its management. “There is a partnership between NHS Highland and HC-One which is currently operating the home and that partnership having resulted in the improvements which give rise to the interim suspension application being dropped. “I don’t accept that NHS Highland are currently running the home, it is a partnership of which HC-One is very much a part.”

So, no mention of increased staffing or better pay and conditions but taxpayer’s funds being used to prop up private, corporate, employers?

As with the slave-owners compensation in the 19th Century to the bankers bailout in 2008, it’s capitalism for the workers and socialism for the employers when they need help.