Bigger is deadlier

‘Care Giant’, HC-One has announced an unspecified number of deaths at Hatton Lea Care Home in Lanarkshire.

The BBC report, above, does get round to some important context but only after allowing HC-One to present their case for how good they are:

The Press Association news agency said it understood the outbreak began on 15 October and by five days later 18 of the 29 residents in the unit had tested positive. Several residents were subsequently admitted to hospital. It comes after 15 people at HC-One’s Redmill Care Home in East Whitburn, West Lothian, died in an outbreak earlier this month.

Ten deaths were recorded the Home Farm Care Home in Skye during the first wave the pandemic. It was formerly run by HC-One but was bought by NHS Highland. Solicitors representing the families of residents who died at Home Farm have urged the company to be more transparent in its handling of outbreaks. Pamela Rodgers, associate at PBW Law, which is representing multiple families of Home Farm residents, described the Redmill outbreak as “history repeating itself”.

The BBC report, also does not refer to the recent research undertaken by Glasgow and Edinburgh universities for the Scottish Government, confirming, four previous reports elsewhere in the UK, that size rather than hospital discharges was responsible for outbreaks in care homes.

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