Why were hospital discharges into care homes only dangerous in Scotland?

Readers will the remember this kind of reporting and the faux-empathy shouted by the likes of Carlaw and Leonard.

In Scotland, this evidence of it’s rebuttal by reliable evidence did not appear in ‘our’ media though it had in England:

I think it’s very difficult not to see that the only real way that this can have come into our homes is through staff picking it up, just through the community contacts they would have had.

Absent from BBC Scotland’s coverage but covered by BBC UK where the Conservative Party leadership is preferred but feared target, this report clarifies the role played by agency staff in spreading the virus.

Remarkably, this is based on a charitable, not-for-profit, organisation’s research into its own homes.

MHA, with a presence in Scotland, which paid to test its own staff, discovered this:

Large numbers of staff could have been unknowingly spreading coronavirus through care homes, according to the UK’s largest charitable care home provider. Data from MHA shows 42% of its staff members who recently tested positive were not displaying symptoms. Nearly 45% of residents who had a positive test were also asymptomatic.

The MHA Chief Executive said:

I think it’s very difficult not to see that the only real way that this can have come into our homes is through staff picking it up, just through the community contacts they would have had. I think that is what is so hard for all our staff, because they care. But if they don’t know they’ve contracted the virus, how can you manage this?

MHA have not blamed the discharge of patients out of hospitals and in to their care homes for the arrival of the virus.

Now today, we same comparable evidence from Wales:

So, is there something in the water of Scottish hospitals and care homes or is this now settled?

5 thoughts on “Why were hospital discharges into care homes only dangerous in Scotland?

  1. Is this endless and incessant reporting on everything bad about care homes that miss some crucial points, actually a direct attack on Jeane Freeman?

    I like Jeane, I think she has done well throughout the crisis, and see her as a good politician – more of a normal person turned politician to actually serve her country, rather than the career politician that has a certain distance from the real world. But I guess that’s why the establishment don’t want her around – can’t have politicians actually trying to make things better for us and creating change.

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  2. It is very much a Scottish problem in that ABC have been desperate to denigrate SNHS and Freeman in particular for at least the last year, your previous article on the New Southern General amply demonstrates this attitude prevails.
    The PRIVATE Care-Home defence strategy you could see coming when operator responsibilities began to be painted as wholly owned by SG, backed by the ever indignant jowel wobbling of Carjack, Leotard et al.
    To do so whilst still in the throes of a pandemic only demonstrated the moral vacuum in which opposition politics and ABC operate, but to construct a “Disclosure” propaganda piece around it (Kilgour and Pennington “assisting” ?) is a new low even for Pacific Quay.
    The tragedy for Care-Homes was not the UK wide strategy of expanding hospital space for an incoming pandemic but the early understanding on how the virus behaved and how/when it could be detected.
    That is no better exampled than in the MHA report, it’s perspective and honesty standing in stark contrast to Pacific Quay’s malicious propaganda.

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    1. This is one of those things where, once you start noticing it, you wonder how you ever missed it. Once you do, it’s everywhere.

      As I said when I first started posting, most of those who take this guff at face value just need educating. They need what I’ve christened a ‘hang on a minute…’ moment (or 200). Of course, some are what me old mum used to call pig in a blue ribbons – as in “if you put a pig in a blue ribbon up for Tory they’d vote for it.” They’ll never change their minds.

      I do take exception with your referring to that nice Mr L as “ever indignant jowl wobbling”, though. I’m shocked. Shocked I tell you! I’ve watched FMQs and he’s a Deeply Caring Leader of a Deeply Caring Party to whom The Suffering & The Downtrodden turn for representation against a Cruel and Unfeeling Government.

      Who could possibly think otherwise?

      (For the sake of clarity, I know /s is the usual shorthand for sarcasm. Is there one for irony? If not /s)

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      1. I do apologise for any confusion, jowels was a play on jewels and jowls, not inferring either existed in Mr L’s case outside of a fridge.
        “New balls please Boris”…

        In answer to “(For the sake of clarity, I know /s is the usual shorthand for sarcasm. Is there one for irony? If not /s)” the usual shortform is /Tory.

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