The apparently trusted FT has a ‘Scotland Correspondent’ in Edinburgh.
Mure Dickie has read the latest report on deaths in care homes which: ‘found no statistical evidence that discharges of hospital patients — including those found to have the virus and thousands more who were not tested — had caused outbreaks in care homes between March and May this year.’
After months of media reports featuring Scottish opposition party politicians trying to blame the SNP Government, this confirms what similar studies in England in Wales have already shown.
Any reasonable interpretation of these findings is that they have reduced pressure on the SNP and increased them on the private care home sector.
If the discharges were not to blame for the deaths then the blame lies somewhere within those care homes and, in particular, as the report reveals, in the larger corporate-owned ones.
Yet Dickie, like many others to come no doubt, ignores that and finds solace in the fact that:
Dozens of hospital patients who had tested positive for Covid-19 were discharged into care homes in Scotland, according to an official report that follows fierce criticism of the Scottish National party government over high coronavirus death rates in such institutions.
So, it seems it does not matter that these patients caused no harm because of the longstanding infection control procedures to be expected there. Nor does it matter, it seems, that the owners of these homes freely accepted the patients in return for the high fees they charge, knowing that they had infection control procedures in place
Dickie goes on to write as if the report’s conclusion had never been published.
Never let the facts get in the way of a good story?