From BBC Scotland today:
In the early days of the pandemic more than half of elderly hospital patients discharged to nearly 200 Scottish care homes had not been tested for Covid.
Data obtained by the BBC from Public Health Scotland (PHS) provides the clearest picture yet on which homes took in untested and positive patients.
A lawyer acting for bereaved families at an upcoming inquiry called the data “explosive evidence”.
Aamer Anwar claimed it was proof that people’s lives had been put at risk.
The figures, which were released 11 months after BBC Scotland had asked for them, focus on hospital discharges between March and May 2020 – which was the start of the coronavirus pandemic.https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-58738972
This is September 2021. We knew from the BBC, in June 2020:
Asymptomatic care workers unknowingly spread coronavirus. 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. MHA operates in England, Scotland and Wales and has fully tested staff and residents in 86 of its 90 homes so far.https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-52912538
This finding was confirmed in July 2020, by the ONS, in a study of 9 081 care homes:
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
In April 2021, Public Health Scotland confirmed that hospital discharges palyed no significant part in the outbreaks: https://beta.isdscotland.org/find-publications-and-data/population-health/covid-19/discharges-from-nhsscotland-hospitals-to-care-homes/
A Public Health Wales report did the same.
And, to finish, from Robert Cuffe, BBC Head of Statistics, April 2021:
Care homes that received discharges might actually have seen slightly lower rates of outbreaks.https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-56834412
BBC Scotland and a supposedly left-of-centre politician should not be seeking to undermine with misinformation, the work of professionals in hospitals and scientists on behalf of corporate care home owners who neglected their duties and caused death, for profit.