In the Herald today:
Liberal Democrats have warned that SNP plans to set up a publicly-funded National Care Service risk handing more power to ministers – claiming the plans will “cut local accountability out of the process”.
The Scottish Government is investigating whether social care and other services such as drug rehabilitation, could be restructured in a model similar to the NHS.https://www.heraldscotland.com/politics/19499719.libdems-say-national-care-service-plan-will-hand-snp-ministers-much-power/
What do we know about the Covid deaths in care homes and what does that suggest we should do? In particular, does the evidence argue in favour of more power for ministers?
Privately owned care homes are the most complained about by relatives yet until the pandemic, accountability was not in evidence because, year after year, it was always that group getting the complaints and, mostly, doing little about them.
Privately owned care homes had more deaths pro rata than voluntary or council-run homes.
Local accountability seems to have done little.
I guess the Lib Dems want to keep the care homes cash cow open so that owners can then sponsor them, like Sudhir Choudrie.
From the Guardian in 2014:
The Liberal Democrats were mired in a fresh donor row when it emerged that one of the party’s biggest benefactors is an international arms dealer listed on the Indian fraud squad’s blacklist of “undesirables”.
Choudhrie, who is in his 70s, was named by Clegg as a potential future peer last year. Last autumn it was reported that he had fallen off the prospective peer list following a damning official report into hospitals and care homes he owns.https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/feb/14/lib-dems-party-donor-choudhrie-undesirable
The Lib Dems, just Tories.