Many of you will remember Robinson’s bare-faced lie about Alex Salmond back in 2014.
He still capable of a whopper.
Today on BBC podcast, Political Thinking with Nick Robinson, Robinson put it to Jeanne Freeman that the UK’s highest death rate in care homes was in Scotland after many people were sent into care homes from hospital with the virus.
It’s a bit of a repeat of an Andrew Marr line shouted at the first Minister last year. The answer is the same.
In the First Wave in 2020, research from the University of Stirling:
Care homes in England experienced the highest increase in excess deaths at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic compared to those in the rest of the UK, according to new research. A study – co-ordinated from the University of Stirling’s Management School – found that care homes in England recorded a 79 percent increase in excess deaths, compared to 66 percent in Wales, 62 percent in Scotland and 46 percent in Northern Ireland.
In the second wave in 2021, there was more of the same tragedy:
From the 1st of January 2021 until the 26th February, 9 088 care home residents in England died from confirmed Covid-19.
From the 1st of January 2021 until the 28th February, 532 care home residents in Scotland died from confirmed Covid-19.
England has ten times the population so pro-rata might have been expected to have ten times as many deaths, 5 320, but had around 3 700 more.
Had NHS England, followed the JCVI advice and vaccinated care home residents as a priority above all others, 3 700 lives might have been saved.
Who told them not to follow the JCVI advice? Who told NHS Scotland to follow it?
We know. Will the UK media tell everyone else?
Even in March, little had changed:
The appalling costs of the the UK Government’s decision not to vaccinate all care home residents as a first priority, as advised by the experts at the JCCVI, continue to be felt.
In the last 7 days, 252 deaths were recorded by NHS England in care homes. With a tenth of the population, Scotland might have expected to have 25 but in fact had only 11.
This news has been available to Scotland’s MSM for six weeks now but missed.