For a year now, this story has been pushed into eyes and ears. It’s headlining today on all BBC Scotland platforms. At every turn, evidence has emerged that the discharges into care homes did not cause outbreaks and that they were the result of a combination of the over-use of agency staff, over-capacity, under-staffing and failed infection control in the homes.
The science is ignored and now we hear the discharges have triggered ‘legal concerns.’ Note the wording.
The Mental Welfare Commission studied a sample of discharges when someone did not have the capacity to decide for themselves. They found some cases where there was no legal authority for the move. The commission studied the detail of 457 moves between March to May 2020 – about 10% of the number reported at the time by Public Health Scotland. It found 20 of those to have been unlawful and that a number were related to the pandemic.
20 out of 457, 4.3% and that was only a 10% sample, chosen because they thought it might be a case of illegality? 0.43%?
The outcome of the investigation?
The report made eight recommendations for HSCPs [Health and Social Care Partnership], including making sure staff understand the law through training.
So, if any of the cases had indicated illegal activity, the lawyers would be all over it but they’re not.
Evidence for what actually caused the outbreaks:
Over-capacity and under-staffing: