David Bol from the Herald at the FM Briefing today:
Care home size is much more strongly associated with the risk than the discharges but on June 4th Jeanne Freeman told Holyrood’s Health Committee that smaller care homes appeared to do better in handling the virus. Given that was known in June, have larger care homes been given any tailored advice or rules, given that the Scottish Government has been aware of that increased risk for almost five months?
It’s a jaw-dropper of a question.
Does Bol think there’s some scientific law operating here? It’s a correlation not cause and effect. Thank goodness none of the homes were even bigger because they’d have had even more deaths, he thinks.
If he did some research, he’d find that the bigger care homes are owned by corporations with a primary concern for the bottom line. That’s why they are bigger, why they fill up to maximum capacity all the time and keep staffing costs as low as possible. At times, they struggle for days understaffed and relying on agency staff travelling between their homes to manage fluctuations in demand.
They didn’t need more advice they needed more commitment.