Anas Sarwar claims better judgement than medics

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In the STV Leader Debate last night, Anas Sarwar told us that sending Covid-positive patients into care homes had ‘devastating consequences‘ and that not doing it would have just been ‘common sense‘ of the kind he presumably possesses but which highly qualified medics don’t.

He was, of course, hoping to lay care home deaths at the feet of Nicola Sturgeon and some viewers might think that’s where they went but he knows what he is doing, distorting the facts for political gain.

The decisions to place Covid cases in care homes was taken by hospital medics in consultation with care home managers, in the best interests of the patients. Sarwar does not really think he knows better.

The discharges did not have any significant consequences at all. The care home deaths have been shown, beyond doubt, to have been the consequence of the over-use of agency staff travelling between larger, high occupancy, privately -owned homes.

Here’s just some of the evidence again:

  1. The charitable MHA with a presence in Scotland did research into its own homes and discovered this: Large numbers of staff could have been unknowingly spreading coronavirus through care homes, according to the UK’s largest charitable care home provider. Data from MHA shows 42% of its staff members who recently tested positive were not displaying symptoms. Nearly 45% of residents who had a positive test were also asymptomatic. The MHA Chief Executive said: I think it’s very difficult not to see that the only real way that this can have come into our homes is through staff picking it up, just through the community contacts they would have had. I think that is what is so hard for all our staff, because they care. But if they don’t know they’ve contracted the virus, how can you manage this?https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-52912538
  2. We know from BBC Scotland’s own report that the Skye care home outbreak was associated with ‘a large dependency on agency staff‘: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-52546673
  3. Former BBC Scotland Head of News, John Boothman, now at the Times, wrote: HC-One, Britain’s largest care home chain and the operator of Home Farm, faces allegations that it paid insufficient heed to the [Scottish] government’s lockdown by parachuting workers in from as far away as Kent, 645 miles away, to plug staff shortages in a sector where pay is notoriously poor.https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/coronavirus-kills-six-and-leaves-dozens-seriously-ill-at-skye-care-home-3g70vxbf6
  4. An ONS study of 9 081 care homes in England found this: These emerging findings reveal some common factors in care homes with higher levels of infections amongst residents.These include prevalence of infection in staff, some care home practices such as more frequent use of bank or agency nurses or carers, and some regional differences (such as higher infection levels within care homes in London and the West Midlands). There is some evidence that in care homes where staff receive sick pay, there are lower levels of infection in residents.  https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/healthandsocialcare/conditionsanddiseases/articles/impactofcoronavirusincarehomesinenglandvivaldi/26mayto19june2020#main-points
  5. There’s a Welsh report saying the same thing but you’ve probably had enough.

Will they ever give in?

8 thoughts on “Anas Sarwar claims better judgement than medics

  1. Sarwar has managed a con trick with some success. As an ultra Unionist extremely loyal to London he is selling the lie that he is in the middle ground between Unionism and Independence.

    It is a blatant lie. He is a Unionist to his core. Those praising his performance are doing a comparison between him and Ricardo Leotard. I think we should set the bar a lot higher.

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  2. John
    You ask “Will they ever give in”
    Well then it shall be when they finish counting the votes about to be cast
    Then they shall be found strewn out upon the canvass floor vainly attempting
    To stagger to their feet as the referee
    Gets to 10 and waves his arms OVER & OUT
    That is when and the only way Floor them with our pencils

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  3. One of the other things he kept repeating last night was “More than 10,000 deaths”. The official figure is 7,636 up to today.
    If he is deliberately inflating the official death toll to suit his agenda surely Colin Mackay should have pulled him up about lying about the figures.
    Unless Colin Mackay doesn’t know the figures either.

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    1. “More than 10,000 deaths”. The official figure is 7,636 up to today.”

      There are two different measures used in official statistics: (i) a death following a positive test in prior 28 days; and (ii) Covid ‘mentioned’ on the death certificate.

      BBC UK output opts to use measure (i) which gives the lower figure.

      BBC Reporting Scotland uses measure (ii) which gives a higher figure – of course – and without explanation or context – again of course!

      Different BBC News bulletins side by side on the TV schedule may use different measures for different audiences – measure (ii) specially chosen for use with Scottish audiences. So STV doing the same?

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      1. StewartB
        I have checked the UK.Gov data and here the facts,with regards as Covid 19 being on the death certificate
        Firstly the normal figs released i.e.those who died within 28 days of a + covid test
        Scotland. 7636
        England 111862
        And pro rata / population England 45.3 %
        Higher than Scotland
        Now for figs. For covid on death cert.
        England 130403
        Scotland 9997
        Proportionally Scotland should have 12779
        So in conclusion i strongly advise Sarwar
        To be very very careful to what passes his lips
        But to do so in writing upon Election canvassing material would open up Labour to immediate litigation with the most serious of consequencies
        And as such if i was Nicola last night at the STV debate I would have challenged Sarwar to put such figs.in writing and publish in their manifesto and election material and solely on the grounds that it is of vital importance that the voters are made aware of what you speak of in a concise and understandable manner
        P.S.You better engage the best legal team you can get your hands on if you do have the courage to back up what you have just said

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        1. stewartB
          Just leveling up the field and comparing
          Apples with Apples
          I challenge any to dispute as the data is
          Official UK .Gov and to their modus operandi
          And on that basis then let them take the matter up with UK.Gov

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