For the third time today, BBC Scotland have reported in a manner which would lead the reader to think that responsibility for infections and for deaths lay at the door of an NHS health board, a local authority or even the Health Secretary when all three homes are privately owned and being helped at the taxpayer’s expense.
Once more, read the report and see this cover-up:
Sixteen deaths of care home residents are being investigated following two major coronavirus outbreaks. The Crown Office has confirmed the probe into deaths at Inchmarlo House near Banchory in Aberdeenshire and at Deeside Care Home in Cults. It has received reports of seven deaths at Inchmarlo House, and nine at Deeside Care Home. More than 140 positive Covid cases have been recorded in residents and staff at the two care homes.
On Monday a major incident was declared by health officials in charge of tackling the outbreak at Inchmarlo House, which has been closed to new admissions and visitors. NHS Grampian said it was stood down on Tuesday when “extra support” was found. At least 91 people there tested positive for Covid at Inchmarlo House and a further 52 cases were detected at Deeside Care Home.
A spokesperson for the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service said: “The investigation into the deaths is ongoing and the families will continue to be kept updated in relation to any significant developments.” Its Covid-19 Death Investigation Team will assess whether further investigation is required. Scotland’s Health Secretary Jeane Freeman has previously said care home residents will be able to receive the Pfizer Covid vaccine from 14 December. There had been fears that homes would not be able to receive the first batch of doses due to logistical challenges.
In fact, Inchmarlo Care Home is owned by Skene Enterprises (Aberdeen) Limited and Deeside Care Home is owned by Deeside Care LLP.
On the 13th of November 2020, an unannounced inspection of the Deeside Care Home in Cults, by the Care Inspectorate, rated ‘How good is our care and support during the COVID-19 pandemic?‘ as only adequate and noted:
We found some issues that compromised infection prevention and control and people’s safety. For example, poor access to clinical waste bins, a dirty bath and damaged and broken items.
Despite this a small number of staff were seen with masks not fitted
properly, not socially distancing when possible, wearing outdoor jackets over uniform. These inconsistencies meant there was an increased risk of cross infection.
Any journalist worth even a sprinkling of salt should have investigated this.