Is there a policy to not name care home owners?

Today we hear that the Care Inspectorate wants to shut a care home because of their concerns about the safety of the residents. This is a rare and very serious incident yet the owners, the Evans family of Loanhead in Midlothian, are not mentioned.

In five earlier reports on Covid deaths, in The Tusker, BBC and Herald reports have failed to mention the owners but have made repeated references to Fife and Grampian health boards and to councils, leaving the reader to think these must be state or council-owned homes.

Now in this dramatic case, neither report identifies the owner.

In the Herald:

From BBC Scotland:

What sort of journalism is this?

13 thoughts on “Is there a policy to not name care home owners?

  1. All the talk about care homes for the elderly raises a question to which I’ve been unable to get an answer. That is, if anyone who is a paying resident in a privetely run, for profit, care home runs out of money (or equity) and cannot any longer pay the rather large monthly charges, what then happens to them?
    Are they turned out to fend for themselves? Are they referred to the local authorities for help – so transferring responsibility to the public sector?
    I’d be very interested to know the answer since it occurs to me that a main reason for an opaque offshore entity to run a care home business is to separate the elderly from their life savings and direct the proceeds into well-designed commercial bank accounts.

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    1. I am not sure if this answers exactly the question you raise, William. Here are two links.

      As an aside, some time earlier I put up a link to a piece that questioned whether privately operated care homes in England were too deeply embedded for a reversal of care provision.

      In Scotland, the percentage of privately operated care homes for older people is rising. The model operated by the largest companies is unsustainable.

      Click to access dp1753~2.pdf

      https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/politicsandpolicy/corporate-care-homes/

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    2. William, I have a reply to your question. It contains two links and has gone into moderation. So, if you are prepared to hang around….

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      1. William, this might be of interest to you. You can find the link at “hiiden profits behind collapsing care homes”.

        “Our forensic analysis of the adult care home industry finds that some of the largest for-profit care home providers operate in a way which hinders accountability of their true profitability; increases their financial fragility; and crucially locks in high future costs for care home beds. However, at the same time, many of the smaller for-profit and the largest not-for-profit providers are making low levels of profit, without damaging the public interest.

        To understand these differences in structure and their wider implications we looked at the accounts of over 830 companies in the adult residential and nursing care home industry. We examined how they spent the income that they received and also how much they borrowed and from whom.

        When examining how they spent their income we paid particular attention to the amounts allocated to both debt repayments and rental costs, in addition to profits made (before tax) and director’s fees. We did this because there has been evidence that some of the spending on these two categories of standard business cost is actually a form of hidden profit extraction. Taken together all four of these costs (debt repayments, rental costs, profit before tax, and directors’ remuneration) represent potential leakage out of the care home sector, as they do not go directly to caring for residents through providing food, facilities, laundry, entertainment, or paying for staff, and so merit critical analysis.”

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  2. The Herald’s opening “A privately-run care home..” could have been much clearer with “A Private Care-Home”, but they did at least mention a private connection, PQ made no mention of it at all.
    The media have been at pains to shield ownership for reasons which escape me (legal threat/influence?), but undoubtedly what fills the void by inference is SG or LA responsibility and are always named.
    Given Scottish media’s history of anti-SG propaganda, it is entirely logical to presume this as more of the same, the “Boy who cried Wolf” effect…

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  3. On the practice of NOT naming care home owners, I’ve had a quick look at press releases issued by the Care Inspectorate that refer to a specific care home. In the period since March 2020, in addition to the recent Loanhead case there are examples from Skye and Perthshire.

    In the c. 4 press releases I found from a quick-look search , in no case was the owner mentioned. Not a reason for journalists not to do so of course!

    In the Loanhead case there is this sentence: ““We are working closely with partners including Midlothian Health and Social Care Partnership and the Scottish Government to ensure that residents experience appropriate care during this difficult time.” So what is the status of the care home owner here in the close collaborative working being referred to?

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    1. ‘The status of the care home owner’ – they are simple rentier folk earning a crust from public funds and family paying into offshore accounts to keep the owners in the simple millionaire lifestyle to which they are accustomed. What good does it do to try and name and shame them.It is the ‘politics of envy’. Ofcourse headsmust roll but they must be the heads of people who had nothing to do with the carehome.

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