How many are privately owned?

A bit late in the day, the Scottish MSM start to read Care Inspectorate reports on care homes.

The two examples of failing homes they give are both privately-owned, as opposed to council-owned or voluntary sector.

Here’s an idea for a follow-up. Check how many of the 31 ‘unsatisfactory’ one are privately-owned?

It would be a useful check on earlier research suggesting private care homes had more deaths.

In July, carried out by staff at Glasgow and Edinburgh universities in association with researchers at 9 health boards in Scotland, they found:

Sixty-six (94.3%) outbreaks were in older people’s care-homes, where 60.6% had experienced an outbreak compared to six (5.0%) of all other care-home types (Table 2). Care home characteristics systematically varied by care-home type. Older people’s care-homes were much larger (median 48 beds vs eight for all other types combined), more likely to be in private ownership (67.9% vs 30.0%)

In August, I had a go, after reading that care home deaths were being kept secret ‘to protect commercial interests’:

In the Guardian today:

Covid-19 death tolls at individual care homes are being kept secret by regulators in part to protect providers’ commercial interests before a possible second coronavirus surge, the Guardian can reveal. England’s Care Quality Commission (CQC) and the Care Inspectorate in Scotland are refusing to make public which homes or providers recorded the most fatalities amid fears it could undermine the UK’s care system, which relies on private operators.

In May, prompted by the coordinated attempts to blame the Scottish Government for alleged failures in guidance, hospital discharges and in PPE supply, by private care home owners with links to the Conservative party, the Labour/GMB collective, and the MSM, I tried to answer the question:

Are most deaths in private care homes?

Though incomplete, the data seemed then to suggest the answer was yes. Here’s what I found:

There had been 1 438 covid-related deaths in care homes up to 10th May:

There seem to be no data breaking these down into council, voluntary and private care homes, so the following set of media reports, from an exhaustive search, is the only source we have at the moment. At best this gives us an impression of the situation and should not be considered a definitive answer to the question in the headline.

I should declare an obvious bias here in my research agenda. I suspect that when all the data are in, the answer will be ‘yes’ but have tried to find what is there in the data available online.

There are 291 voluntary [not for profit] sector, 232 local authority and 727 private care homes in Scotland.

This survey found evidence of coronavirus deaths in 15 private homes, 6 council/local authority and 1 voluntary home. Crude ratios are of limited value here but private homes certainly predominate, council run homes do feature but the voluntary homes run by, for example, the Church of Scotland, do not. There are many qualifying reservations you could make about these data. One obvious one would be, I think (no data), the lifetime background of disadvantage and the higher risk of death from coronavirus of those dependent on the council-run homes.

A rare objective statistic is in the data on complaints with private care homes complained about 4 times more often pro rata (taking into account the relative numbers) than voluntary or local authority homes:

Here are the reported cases:

Private: Castle View Dumbarton HC-One: 8 deaths:

Private: Highgate Glasgow HC-One: 22 deaths:

Private: Home Farm Skye HC-One: 9 deaths:

Private: Barchester, Peterhead: 5 deaths:

Private: Kingdom Homes Kirkcaldy: 14 deaths:

Private: Burlington Court, Four Seasons: 13 deaths:

Private: Barchester South Grange Nursing Home in Monifieth: 20 deaths:

Private: Pitkerro Care Home Dundee: 10 deaths:

Private: Elderslie Care Home in Paisley: 22 deaths:

Private: Mosswood Care Home, in Linwood: 3 deaths:

Private: Milngavie Manor Care Home: 4 deaths:

Private: Berelands Priory: 20 deaths:

Private: West Acres Glasgow: 14 deaths:

Private: Almond Court Glasgow: 5 deaths:

Private: Hill View Dalmuir: 9 deaths:

Council: Saltgreens Care Home Borders: 5 deaths:

Council: Bonnyton House, East Dunbarton: 11 deaths:

Council: Crosslet House in Dumbarton: 15 deaths:

Council: Bonnyton House, East Dunbarton: 11 deaths:

Council: Jewel House Edinburgh: 9 deaths:

Council: Jewel House Edinburgh: 9 deaths:

Voluntary: Erskine homes: 24 deaths:

8 thoughts on “How many are privately owned?

  1. Should Care homes be forced to implement health and safety regulations in full,then probably the private sector model would be unsustainable.
    This health crisis has exposed that reality which the disciples of the “free” market are trying to obscure for obvious reasons.

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  2. In its article today on care homes The Herald has an amazing quote from its ‘expert’. Professor June Andrews.

    ““Poor hygiene in the care home presumably increases the risk of infection being passed on from someone who has it, to someone who doesn’t within the home.”

    Spot the out of place word! Did she really use this word or has The Herald misreported?

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  3. I tried John’s link to the Guardian about the Care Quality Commission and it came up at first but within seconds it was covered by a feature on the Guardian Climate Pledge with no apparent way of getting beyond this to read the article referred to. Has anyone else experienced this problem?
    Earlier I had tried to visit the Guardian for updated news and the same thing happened. Is it just me, as I refuse to contribute to that newspaper while their coverage of Scotland and particularly Scottish politics is so poor, or are others likewise prevented from reading it?

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      1. Thanks, Arty Hetty.
        I tried and it worked ok on my phone but not on the laptop, which is easier to read! Same Climate stuff, which is normally fine but not when it is impossible to get beyond it. It seems the Guardian doesnt like me!

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  4. Protect their commercial interests
    As opposed to the health and wellbeing of their paying customers
    What have we become
    I desire no truck with such philosophy
    People asked me often why I support indy
    I always reply with my prime reason as follows
    I refuse point blank to be subject to such
    Bad governance
    To which and to date I await a reply from any Unionist other than a open mouth and a blank stare
    To which i state well then my mouth is closed
    And my ears attentive to your response
    At such point they merely hasten to disengage
    Those who do my 2nd reason for Indy is offered
    Please inform me as to exactly whatbthis Union has as a Scot got to offer me
    Stutters and full blown retreat is the usual response
    Upon which i part their company with the comment
    Silence on your behalf merely confirms what i know the truth to be


  5. So , in the UK today , ”commercial interest” is deemed more important than our vulnerable old people ? And this from a body charged with overseeing their ( the old people ) well-being !
    How corrupt a society have we become ?


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