Private care home owner and Tory donor Robert Kilgour is getting easy media attention again to attack the Scottish Government and its health care inspectors.
We hear in the Herald:
A care group has questioned the fairness of a watchdog’s inspections approach during the coronavirus pandemic after it emerged local authority homes are far less likely to be inspected than private ones. Renaissance Care said analysis of a freedom of information (FOI) response it received from the Care Inspectorate found council-run homes, which account for around 15% of all care homes in Scotland, had received under 5% of visits since March 23.
Could this be the reason?
There are 291 voluntary [not for profit] sector, 232 local authority and 727 private care homes in Scotland.
In the last year, to March 31 2020, there were 158 complaints about voluntary sector homes, 2040 about private homes and 146 about local authority homes.
There are thus 2.5 times as many private as voluntary homes but the level of complaints is 13 times higher.
There are 3.1 times as many private as local authority homes but the level of complaints is 14 times higher.
So, the level of complaints to private homes, taking account of the number there are, is around 4 times higher than in voluntary sector or local authority care homes for the elderly.