Corporate care home owners running scared as Scottish Government tries to stem a panic

I get why the NRS has been told not to release the one piece of data we still do not have on care home deaths – the death rates, as a ratio of the total number of residents in that home, with the owners identified.

Were that known, you can imagine the reaction of relatives and some residents when they find out that they are in a home with a higher death rate perhaps much higher, than others, regardless of any improvements to infection control which have since been made?

There would be panic and desperate attempts to move within a sector already full. Here’s the claim:

See that ‘commercial interest‘ bit?

I’m as sure as I can be that when it all comes out, the larger corporate-owned homes will have had higher death rates because they crammed them in and skimped on staffing and training and PPE and over-used agency staff from all over the country, even from Kent to Skye.

Hospital discharges will be raised again and again by former dentists like Sarwar but will never be found responsible and may even be found to have improved infection control in those homes receiving them.

Some of the guilty will be the very people, some Tory donors, we’ve seen regularly abetted by the BBC, Scottish Labour and the GMB, trying to blame the Scottish Government ironically currently protecting their asses ‘in the public interest‘.

The centre cannot hold. It will all come out, under pressure from the Crown Office, hungry lawyers and ‘investigative’ reporters at the Sunday Post.

Watch this and other spaces.

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19 thoughts on “Corporate care home owners running scared as Scottish Government tries to stem a panic

  1. You are right to mention the Tories, but, it has to be remembered that ‘privatisations’ continued under Blair and Brown. Indeed, since Bodger Broon, as part of his deal with Blair, established the dominance of the Treasury and the Thatcherite neoliberal/globalisation theory as hegemonic, privatisation is a consequence of his policy. While he did achieve some significant redistributions which benefited the general population and reduced poverty, his failure to argue the political, moral, equitable and just case for redistribution and his making of a Treasury orthodoxy, permitted Cameron and Osborne, with the eager assistance of Clegg and the LibDems, to impose ‘austerity’ and to begin the rapid reversal of the redistributions, which continued under May and Johnson, and have driven more people into poverty and precarity. Since Broon was fairly cosy with Trade Union leaderships, it is not surprising that some of them were complicit.

    So your condemnation of Mr Sarwar and the leadership of the GMB is justified. They are defending the owners of the private care homes who enriched themselves with the privatisations within the NHS and Care sector.

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  2. Regardless of the Covid deaths , the ‘voluntary’ sector has been found to be failing time and again in the basics of hygiene , staff training , staffing levels etc ..as indicated by numerous inspections before and during this pandemic .
    The profit motive was paramount in most of these ”commercial” old people factories and remains so even now .

    So a Government Quango deems it more important that the profits ( let’s call a spade a spade ) accumulated by Private Care Homes are more important than the well-being of those who generate the profit ?

    Whoever sits on this Quango needs to have a serious look in the mirror !

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  3. Will someone please inform us all and solely as a matter of Public Interest ( The Voter registered on the electoral register
    In Scotland)
    Who in this Quango was elected where, When and on what basis
    If none can be found then it is most certainly the DUTY of our elected representives of all parties to immediately seize the report and place in full public view
    It is a report commissioned and paid for by us the people so by default tis us who
    Decides
    End OFF

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    1. There are some questions being raised and negative comments made btl today about the status and accountability of National Records of Scotland (NRS). For information and interest, here is a profile of the NRS, its legal status and corporate governance.

      NRS is classed as a Non Ministerial Office. (See: https://www.gov.scot/publications/public-bodies-in-scotland-guide/ )

      In Scotland, Non-Ministerial Offices (NMOs) are “statutory bodies headed by a boards (sic) or statutory officeholders appointed by Ministers. NMOs are not part of the Scottish Government but are part of the Scottish Administration in their own right. The NMOs are generally funded by Parliament and are required to publish their own annual report and accounts in the same way as the Scottish Government is required to do.

      ‘They are directly accountable to the Scottish Parliament for the discharge of their statutory functions, but may carry out statutory duties for Ministers. As these are Crown bodies the staff are civil servants.”

      The same source describes the functions of NMOs in general:
      – ‘it is appropriate for the service to be delivered by civil servants but either not necessary or not appropriate for the body to be an integral part of the Scottish Government’

      – ‘the relevant functions require to be separated from direct Ministerial control and it is appropriate that the body should be directly accountable to the Scottish Parliament’

      – ‘the nature of the body or the services it provides is such that it should be headed by an office-holder in the Scottish Administration.’

      The specific purpose of the NRS is to ‘collect, preserve and produce information about Scotland’s people and history and make it available to inform current and future generations.’

      It was established in 2011, following the merger of the General Register Office for Scotland (GROS) and the National Archives of Scotland (NAS). For administrative purposes the NRS has sat within the Scottish Government’s Economy, Fair Work and Culture portfolio. With the re-organisation of ministerial portfolios this allocation is likely to change.

      The CEO of the NRS fulfils the roles of two non-ministerial office holders – the Registrar General for Scotland and the Keeper of the Records of Scotland.

      Other NMOs in Scotland include: Food Standards Scotland; Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator; Registers of Scotland; Revenue Scotland; Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service; Scottish Fiscal Commission; Scottish Housing Regulator.

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  4. What I don’t understand from this article is why the Scottish Government wouldn’t want/be able to/force a Scottish Government funded public sector(ish) organisation to release this info, which would kill stone dead the barrage of accusations around care home deaths? Can anyone explain please?

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      1. Those public sector workers in a Health and Social Care Partnership who have had to deal with the closure of a private care homes are well aware of the upset, chaos and trauma that is caused. Avoiding the uncontrolled collapse of scores of homes is a public good, if it can be achieved by the controlled release of information then that is the correct approach. The media would take no responsibility for the damage they would cause to countless vulnerable lives.

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  5. Without doubt IT IS in the public interest to release these figures.
    We all want to know we have been hearing about care homes covid infection rates on all radio and tv stations and in all the newspapers for a year we all want to know which care homes have done well and which have not , patients , relatives , public , i wont include staff because maybe they dont want it known maybe they do ? but in any case patients relatives and the public want to know and that makes up the vast majority of those concerned.

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  6. On availability of care home data regarding Covid deaths and the holding of operators to account, it’s worth recalling this:

    (i) The Crown Office is currently investigating Covid deaths in 474 care homes in Scotland (Daily Record 21.1.21).

    (ii) The BBC News website published (21.4.21) an article entitled: ‘The full picture of Covid-linked deaths in Scotland’s care homes’.

    It explains: “The Crown Office data, released under freedom of information laws, has been fed into this interactive dashboard to show every Covid-linked death by individual care home in Scotland.”

    And adds: “The dashboard also allows people to view the homes with reported Covid deaths by council area and filter the affected homes by operator, and view contextual information such as historical complaints.”

    The dashboard as an analytical tool is available here: https://public.tableau.com/profile/marc.ellison8696#!/vizhome/CHD_16154580881600/TrackingcarehomedeathsinScotland?publish=yes

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  7. Maybe someone will be clever enough to look closely at this and issue figures showing total deaths in care homes from covid
    deaths in council run care homes from covid
    deaths in private care homes from covid

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  8. As far as I understand corporate social responsibility, the ongoing ideological colonisation of Scots law poses a very real and present danger to the potential to protect vulnerable individuals in Scotland. That’s because the law does not support justice if it supports material fantasy, e.g. trans-women are actually women.

    The Vulnerable Subject:
    Anchoring Equality in the Human Condition
    https://digitalcommons.law.yale.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1277&context=yjlf

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  9. So those charged with maintaining the integrity and functionality of Scots law, will need to do a better job at ensuring Scots law provided a faithful representation of empirical reality. They might also want to acknowledge this will require Scotland to step out from under Westminster, in order to reconnect with the jurisprudence of international law.

    Biosemiotic Approches to the Self
    dspace.ut.ee/bitstream/handle/10062/43978/katsiaryna_suryna_ma(dot)pdf

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  10. Fortunately I’m trained to support good public health from the depredations of ideology, most particularly Scotland’s ongoing subourdination to neo-liberal logic and narcissistic English nationalism. Which is more than can be said about the majority of our parliamentarians, who don’t appear to understand the legal significance of a legally defensible identity.

    http://www.healthscotland.scot/media/1159/optimising-older-people-quality-of-life-strategic-outcomes-model-08-14(dot)pdf

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