In the Herald today:
A care home provider has told Scots families that designated visitors will be required to produce proof of vaccination before seeing loved ones despite the First Minister confirming that it would not be a pre-requisite for indoor visits. In a letter to families, Barchester Healthcare, which runs around 200 homes across the UK, said that ‘our current thinking’ is that all designated visitors should be vaccinated and be prepared to produce proof they have received the jag.
Readers will know that the Scottish care home visiting rules are based on the fact that 99.9% of all care home residents and staff have been vaccinated for some time now meaning that visitors do not need to be vaccinated themselves.
Though the Herald seems to have missed the obvious explanation and BBC Scotland sense danger here, it could not be clearer. Barchester know that not all of their vulnerable residents have been vaccinated yet because, in Hancock language, they’re not ‘eligible’ or have only been ‘offered’ a jag.
Were Barchester to have different rules for their homes in Scotland, the media storm would blow.
Barchester Healthcare Ltd have reason to be wary of media attention:
Care home operators ‘beg for taxpayer cash despite being run by offshore firms’…Barchester Healthcare Limited runs 200 care homes and made £1.9million profit last year but paid more than £100million in rent to another UK company which is “owned by common controlling shareholders”. Both firms [HC-One and Barchester] are ultimately owned offshore. Chief executive Dr Pete Calveley earned £914,000 in 2017.