Yesterday BBC Scotland told us:
Seven residents at a West Lothian care home have now died in a Covid-19 outbreak, NHS Lothian has confirmed. It comes after four deaths were linked to Redmill care home in East Whitburn on Friday. The health board said it was dealing with a “significant outbreak” and a multi-agency team continued to offer support. More than 50 staff and residents at the home, which is run by HC-One, have tested positive since 25 September.
Five days ago, they told us:
A number of residents have died following “significant outbreaks” of Covid-19 at two care homes in Lothian. Investigations began after cases were identified at Milford House and Redmill care homes. NHS Lothian said due to patient confidentiality it could not be specific about the number of residents who had died, as it was fewer than five across both homes. At Milford House in Edinburgh, which is operated by Renaissance Care, 29 people have tested positive.
There is so much missing from these reports which at first sight are extremely worrying.
First, surely death certificates for at least the first cases are available? Did anyone die because of coronavirus? Was it a contributory factor in any?
In the absence of that information, you have to wonder if any of these deaths were due to the virus and that the stories are just scare-mongering.
Second, why are no questions asked about the use of agency staff in these two privately owned homes? We know the central role such use played in the first outbreaks. Has it started again?
Third, given his massive presence on the BBC at earlier times to accuse the SNP Government of failures in his care homes, why is Renaissance Care owner, Robert Kilgour, allowed to disappear here?