Headlined in the Herald today from a single campaigner with only a handful of Facebook friends:
A CAMPAIGNER who describes cuts to care home visiting during the pandemic as a “human rights disaster” says she is confident that “meaningful contact” will resume this time. Cathie Russell, from Glasgow, set up the Care Home Relatives Scotland Facebook group in August last year amid growing frustration among relatives over rules that she says were “worse than prison visiting”.
There has of course been a human rights disaster in care homes, in England and it’s still happening there.
There have been 599 Covid deaths in Scottish care homes in 2021. There were 8 101 in England. England has ten times the population so, pro rata, might have had 5 990 deaths but it had 8 101, 26% more. 2 111 lives were lost which might have been saved by earlier vaccination.
Had Scotland, the same rate, hundreds more would have died here.
Scotland’s decision to follow the JCVI advice and despite the logistical barriers, vaccinate all care home residents and staff as a number one priority meant that 75% had been done in the middle of January and 99.9% have now been done.
The PM’s strategy to do care homes in parallel with other groups meant only 25% had been done in January and, even now, we don’t know how many ‘eligible’ residents have been ‘offered’ a jag.
Now that’s a human rights disaster.