The Herald’s photo editor, Jamie (14) rushes into Tom Gordon’s fuggy office clutching the above image.
‘Well done lad! Now nip downstairs to the chemists and get me a fungicide.
Seriously though, Jeanne Freeman’s ‘admission of guilt’ yesterday was a better feed even than Tom’s had from Conservative HQ.
Accepting the open goal gleefully, he writes:
Nicola Sturgeon must take responsibility for the fatal blunder which saw infected hospital patients moved into care homes at the start of the Covid pandemic, opposition leaders have said. The First Minister’s role in the decision to move 1,300 untested patients into care homes came under scrutiny after Jeane Freeman last night admitted it was a “mistake”.
I’m not going to repeat myself at length but, ‘fatal blunder?’ A plain lie.
There is no evidence whatsoever of hospital discharges of patients, who had tested positive, causing outbreaks, far less causing any death.
There is, in in the form of 4 research reports, evidence that outbreaks were more likely to occur in the larger, corporate, care homes, with high occupancy, staff shortages and the overuse of agency staff travelling between sites, to fill gaps. You’ll find the reports here:
The care home owners must take responsibility and they surely will be told to, once the Crown Office has finished with them.