The former CEO of care home owners HC-One and the First Minister

For months, the Tusker has been rebutting media reports attempting to lay the blame for the care home deaths at the door of the SNP administration and, in particular, the Health Secretary.

Regular readers will have seen the same unsupported rumours of PPE shortages, of inadequate testing and of hospital discharges, supposedly causing the deaths and calling on the Health Secretary to resign. The ‘pile-on‘ has been led by the Scottish opposition parties and their loyalist media in Scotland and even by the UK media fooled by Ian Murray into making the same accusations. The Tusker has responded to more than 40 such stories since April 2020.

Throughout, the role of private care home owners in failing to stock PPE, in the over-reliance on underpaid, transient, agency staff and in their failure to properly manage infection control in the care homes, has been ignored by the same sources.

Now, however, we see the first signs of action by Police Scotland and by relatives against these owners. Ironically from BBC Scotland yesterday:

Police have passed information on deaths at a care home on Skye to the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS). The privately-owned Home Farm in Portree was at the centre of a Covid-19 outbreak earlier this year.Police Scotland said it was investigating if there had been “any possible criminal neglect” at the home.


Last week it emerged HC-One, the UK’s largest care home operator, was facing potential legal action from families of Home Farm residents.Glasgow law firm PBW Law, one of the firms representing families, has also written to Scotland’s Lord Advocate seeking a fatal accident inquiry.

Reporting Scotland are making little of this news.