THE numbers of women dying with dementia at home has risen by 75% according to figures which have been attributed to over-stretched health and social care services during the pandemic. Figures suggest significantly more women have died with the disease outwith care homes and hospitals than in previous years.
The Herald’s Caroline Wilson opened with the above and I thought, wait, do the ‘concerned’ think we should have put more into care homes, to infect or to get infected?
Confusing me a little, the report then seems to be about excess deaths in care homes.
So, is the point really, that there have been excess deaths among the elderly as in the recently misused Stirling University research which does show that but also shows there were fewer in Scottish care homes and that more of those with dementia should have been admitted?
Am I missing something?
It’s not clear who is pushing this story. Independent researchers are mentioned and both Age Scotland and Alzheimer Scotland comment. There’s no sign of Scottish Labour, yet. Are they struggling with the necessary three-point turn?
Watch this space for Monica Lennon.