Headlining on Reporting Scotland today:
A new report on patients discharged from hospitals into care homes at the start of the pandemic says it can’t rule out a link with Covid outbreaks.
This is the sixth official report, to my knowledge, from such as the ONS and the health services in Scotland, England and Wales, to find no evidence that hospital discharges caused outbreaks in care homes and thus triggered the mass deaths there. The large-scale ONS and MHA studies did, however, suggest a significant role for agency staff moving between the larger (corporate) care homes.
BBC Scotland staff cling to their agenda, blame the SNP, with a desperate claim that the research doesn’t prove the discharges did not cause the outbreaks. Other research has also not proven that Martian care staff or watching BBC Scotland caused the outbreaks either.
What did Lisa Summers have to say?
First, the researchers were asked ‘to investigate any possible links between people who were discharged from hospital and any outbreaks in care homes.’ So, not asked to find out what might have caused the outbreaks with an open mind but to pursue a hunch? Not exactly a credible research method. Yet, still they found no reliable evidence that the discharges had caused the outbreaks? Conclusion? Nothing there, move on.
Second, 5 000 were discharged at the time yet no statistical link could be identified. Why? There were lots of other variables. The size of a care home was more strongly correlated with a higher death rate. Why not investigate that further? Because the larger care homes are the corporate ones run as businesses with a bottom line? Maximum occupancy, minimum costs, failure to invest in PPE and training, reliance on agency staff travelling between sites? Not where BBC Scotland and the opposition parties want the research to go?
At the end Lisa, pleads: ‘there could still be a small effect!’
Pathetic, dishonest, under-educated.