How many more times son? It was not the hospital discharges.

On June 2, the Tusker began to rebut the unfounded claims that the care home deaths were the result of the discharge of hospital patients into those homes.

We did not have several research studies, then, identifying the true cause, just the single case of the Skye care home and the evidence from a large Public Health England study. The outbreaks in care homes were due to temporary care workers. We also, of course, could point to the lack of a single research study suggesting the discharges had been responsible.

Since then, we have rebutted the same accusations from different sources including Ian Murray, Alister Jack and several journalists, 7 times, with ever-increasing evidence that it was the use of agency staff and not hospital discharges, to blame.

Five months later, no researchers have suggested that the hospital discharges played any significant part in the care home outbreaks.

The most recent case, rebutting Douglas Ross, was on October 16th. This report includes all the research implicating the use of agency staff:

Today, undaunted and apparently uninhibited by his own ignorance of the facts, the Sun’s Chris Musson pressed the First Minister, quite determinedly, implying ‘reckless practice‘, on when she had known of the discharges, those discharges demonstrated scientifically by several research studies, to have been insignificant.

These briefings have boosted the First Minister’s reputation. The polls show that. Where stand the reputations of the press?

6 thoughts on “How many more times son? It was not the hospital discharges.”

  1. Musson “let facts get in the way” has previous on being an aggressive and abrasive twat, his justification is always holding politicians to account (almost exclusively north of Berwick), and his accusations align perfectly with Gove’s Mk1 failed Propaganda Unit…
    Only Murray, Jack, Leotard etc succeeded in getting the public talking about this, but punctuated with references to arseholes…

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      1. Again?
        # out the last word . . . Tut tut.

        Apparently the combination of T£&t” and “A#$€ H@?€” makes a Second Shadow Banning a near certainty.


  2. Since we’re on the subject of reporting on health matters, I noticed a piece on the main BBC News tonight which had the mother of a 7 year old complaining that it was really terrible her daughter couldn’t get her tonsils out due to the pandemic.

    It struck me that would never do for BBC Scotland, who would no doubt find a more serious issue to highlight.

    On a vaguely related note, I’ve just been watching Ruth Jones in ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ She seems a very nice Welsh person, and it was quite an entertaining programme. (I know she’s famous)

    Her grandfather, Henry Jones, was the Secretary of the Alliance of South Wales & Monmouthshire Medical Aid Societies. This was an umbrella organisation that represented hundreds of thousands of people across South Wales. In his role as Secretary, Ruth’s grandfather sent letters about health policy to the politicians at Westminster. Even before the Labour government looked at starting the NHS, the Minister of Health in the Conservative led government had, in 1943, been investigating how a post-war healthcare system should be run. Then, after the Second World War, a Labour Government swept into power and its Minister of Health was the Welsh MP Aneurin, or Nye Bevan. He would become known as the father of the NHS. Similar to Ruth’s grandfather, Bevan grew up in South Wales, and had seen first hand how the Medical Aid Societies managed to provide comprehensive care for all their members. A theme that runs through the correspondence between Bevan and Ruth’s grandfather was that there were no plans to include the Societies in setting up the new National Health Service, in fact they were kept at arm’s length by the government. Ruth’s grandfather had wanted the Medical Aid Societies viewpoint to be heard.

    That’s a quote from, where you can read more of the story.

    It was clear, that despite their experience in running health services in South Wales, the UK Labour Government (and Nye Bevan in particular) wanted nothing to do with them. Yet another example of Westminster knows best. Plus ca change etc!

    It gets worse – knowing that their societies were to become redundant and there was no place for them to be involved in the new provisions, Henry submitted his own CV along with those of his colleagues to the Ministry of Health in the hope of finding employment with the new health service. The CV details his work over the years helping others and even mentions his son, Ruth’s father, studying at University College London. Despite his impressive CV, Henry’s application was unsuccessful.

    I wonder if something similar might have happened in Scotland, which also had a precursor to the NHS.


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