Two sharks jumped!

See the cameraman on the deck, bottom, second right? How to make a crowd look bigger?

From stewartb:

I suspect no-one, anywhere in Scotland has anything but sympathy and concern for Care Home residents, their families and also for Care Home staff at the front line. However, the way the BBC is covering the complaints of the ‘campaign group’ Care Home Relatives Scotland is rightly being challenged here.

What follows is based on reading the BBC News online Scotland page. (https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-54174558 )

“They (this group) say restrictions introduced in the wake of the pandemic are damaging.” Candidly this is such a fatuous statement that any professional journalist repeating this needs to take a good close look at themselves – and their logical or critical thinking skills. Of course restrictions have been ‘damaging’ and on lots of people in and well beyond Care Homes. However, has the group and the journalist never heard of the ‘counterfactual’?

The BBC then reports the group’s use of frankly extreme language to press its point: “These people have basically been imprisoned since March ….” and “… one of the group’s elderly mothers had described the current care home visiting arrangements as ‘cruelty of the worst kind.”

The SG guidance on visiting does cause restrictions but ‘imprisonment’ and ‘cruelty of the worst kind’? That’s two sharks jumped there! When a campaigning group resorts to such language, IMHO they only harm their case. However, such language will be lapped up and amplified by the public service broadcaster: to use such terms to produce ‘shock’ headlines is bad enough when its done by the commercial/corporate media but should be no part of responsible public service broadcasting and on such a serious issue.

Then there is this odd section of the same BBC News article:

“The Scottish government conditions for allowing visitors are:

– Care home needs to have been Covid-free throughout the pandemic

– If there have been infections, all affected residents need to be fully recovered …”

On that first point – that “Care home needs to have been Covid-free throughout the pandemic” as a condition for allowing visitors – the BBC must surely have got this wrong!

3 thoughts on “Two sharks jumped!”

  1. For our homes across England:

    Visits are only possible in homes that are deemed ‘Outbreak Free’ – namely it has been 28 days since the onset of symptoms of the last case in the home. This period represents twice the incubation period of the virus.
    We are primarily focused on garden visits, enabling up to two visitors per resident for half an hour. We would encourage these visitors to be constant visitors, but if there are extenuating circumstances, our home managers are able to risk assess the possibility of alternating visitors. Unfortunately no children are allowed at this point.
    Where residents are unable or uncomfortable with garden visits, we will do all we can to support visits inside the home. However, these will be limited to one constant visitor.
    All visits must be booked to enable us to manage them safely and ensure the appropriate cleaning and hygiene regimes are in place
    You will be asked some health screening questions at the start of your visit, will be asked to wash your hands or use the sanitising gel provided and will have your temperature taken. If you are showing any symptoms which could indicate coronavirus, please do not travel to the care home as we will need to refuse entry. As you will be aware, these symptoms include a raised temperature, a new and persistent cough, a loss of taste or smell and a generally feeling of being lethargic and unwell.
    You will be asked to wear a face mask and practice social distancing for the duration of your visit. Unfortunately, this means no kissing, hugging or holding hands at present.
    To protect the people we are caring for, residents cannot yet accept gifts, flowers or food under current guidelines
    Visitors will not be able to use facilities such as coffee shops and toilets (unless for emergencies), however refreshments will be provided by care home colleagues

    In our Scottish care homes:

    Visits are only possible in homes that are deemed ‘Outbreak Free’ – namely it has been 28 days since the onset of symptoms of the last case in the home. This period represents twice the incubation period of the virus.
    In line with Scottish Government guidance, residents are permitted to have a maximum of 3 visitors, from a maximum of 2 different households, who can visit our garden and outdoor spaces. These visits are limited to half an hour per week. Our focus will be on providing garden visits where possible, although where residents are unable or uncomfortable with garden visits, we will do all we can to support visits inside the home.
    All visits must be booked to enable us to manage them safely and ensure the appropriate cleaning and hygiene regimes are in place
    You will be asked some health screening questions at the start of your visit, will be asked to wash your hands or use the sanitising gel provided and will have your temperature taken. If you are showing any symptoms which could indicate coronavirus, please do not travel to the care home as we will need to refuse entry. As you will be aware, these symptoms include a raised temperature, a new and persistent cough, a loss of taste or smell and a generally feeling of being lethargic and unwell.
    You will be asked to wear a face mask and practice social distancing for the duration of your visit. Unfortunately, this means no kissing, hugging or holding hands at present.
    To protect the people we are caring for, residents cannot yet accept gifts, flowers or food under current guidelines
    Visitors will not be able to use facilities such as coffee shops and toilets (unless for emergencies), however refreshments will be provided by care home colleagues

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  2. I say to a Gemma Riddles
    Imagine dropping the two metre rule
    Visiting your relative or friend in the care home
    Giving them covid19
    Them dying
    You feeling victorious that you dropped the safety measures you complain about
    You feeling devastatingly guilty about causing the death of you loved friend or relative

    I say to you Gemma Riddles go learn about the risks and rethink

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  3. Indeed, their perspectives are mind-bogglingly ill considered…
    “Care Home Relatives Scotland” only came into existence on 12th August 2020, and whereas most will have joined to share legitimate concerns over loved ones, the “hope of inspiring some government action” as contained in the below post from 12 hours ago appears to be what they are actively courting from the media, which is political.
    “Hello, My name is John Ferguson, I’m the political editor at the Sunday Mail newspaper. We would like to highlight the struggle families are having to meet loved ones in care homes. I am really keen to speak to some of you and tell your stories in the paper in the hope of inspiring some government action. My number is 07771958916. Please feel free to give me a ring any time. Thanks, John”
    When existing arrangements are dictated by health specialists aiming to protect those in care from a potentially fatal virus, it is unclear what this group hope to achieve in practical terms other than increase risk to those they purportedly love.
    For the media to use them for yet more baad-SG stirring is no surprise however, that’s what the Beeb and the Heil do…

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