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?