Not a word on hospital discharges in first of deadly care home inspections

In December 2020, as deaths began to rise again in care homes and opposition parties returned to the smell of blood they detected from their ‘common sense’ unqualified notion that hospital discharges must be responsible, the Care Inspectorate applied to cancel the registration of Thornlea Nursing Home in Loanhead Midlothian. There was no mention of hospital discharges as a suspected cause of infections and deaths, by the Care Inspectorate in December 2020 and there is none in the final report released yesterday but there is, ten times, mention of failures of infection control by the staff, often untrained and under-staffed, … Continue reading Not a word on hospital discharges in first of deadly care home inspections

Care home deaths, the data

The above graph revealing starkly the cost in lives of the failure in England to fully implement the JCVI guidance and vaccinate care home residents before all other groups was compiled by Na Sirf Musiqi https://twitter.com/nasirfmusiqi from official sources. It’s a story never told on MSM. It’s a far greater sin than wasting money on wallpaper. This shows the impact of the vaccinations as the began to confer immunity on many in Scottish care homes from the middle of January 2021: Another story never told. Continue reading Care home deaths, the data

‘Those care homes that received discharges, actually had a lower rate of Covid!’

By Alasdair Galloway: Anas Sarwar claims that ““We should never have been sending Covid positive patients into care Homes. That didn’t require medical guidance that required common sense.” Yet, Robert Cuffe, the BBC’s Head of Statistics, suggested in the last few days that those Care Homes that received discharges, actually had a lower rate of Covid. But before proceeding to what might have been the more important factors, it is important to remember that the transfers took place at the time only after consultation between doctors and care Home management. Does Mr Sarwar believe he would have known better? The … Continue reading ‘Those care homes that received discharges, actually had a lower rate of Covid!’

Sarwar lies shamelessly: ‘She has made the same mistakes as the UK Government, and in the case of the care homes made worse mistakes!’

This is the man thought by several commentators to have done well in the campaign, telling a monstrous lie. In the Herald: Nicola Sturgeon is guilty of worse mistakes than the UK Government in her handling of the pandemic, Anas Sarwar has said. The Scottish Labour leader said the First Minister deserved credit for some aspects of the Scottish Government’s response, but also got “some major, major things wrong”. His exact words: On some of the big issues, she has made the same mistakes as the UK Government, and in the case of the care homes made worse mistakes. For … Continue reading Sarwar lies shamelessly: ‘She has made the same mistakes as the UK Government, and in the case of the care homes made worse mistakes!’

‘A fag paper away from euthanasia’: Lennon and Daily Record side with the corporations responsible for mass care home deaths

Daily Record columnist, Annie Brown, provides Monica Lennon and Scottish Labour with yet another set of misinterpreted evidence which they can use to return to their long-disproved thesis that the Scottish Government is responsible for the care home deaths. It’s a new low in journalism, biased from the outset and ironically ‘cherry picking’ of evidence. First, she writes: In the first wave of the pandemic, more than 1,300 elderly people were discharged from hospitals to care homes in Scotland before a testing regime was in place. The government said a Public Health Scotland report “did not find statistical evidence that … Continue reading ‘A fag paper away from euthanasia’: Lennon and Daily Record side with the corporations responsible for mass care home deaths

STURGEON – WRAPAROUND CHILDCARE PLEDGE ‘CENTRAL PILLAR’ IN COVID RECOVERY 

From SNP Media today: Nicola Sturgeon will today (Monday) describe the SNP’s plans to deliver a wraparound system of childcare as truly transformational for working families – and a central pillar in efforts to deliver a sustainable national economic recovery after the pandemic.  Speaking while campaigning in Ayr today, the SNP Leader will hail the expansion of childcare already undertaken by the SNP, leaving the system “almost unrecognisable” from that which the government inherited. With the expansion of childcare to 1140 hours to be completed by August this year, the SNP manifesto sets out plans to go even further by … Continue reading STURGEON – WRAPAROUND CHILDCARE PLEDGE ‘CENTRAL PILLAR’ IN COVID RECOVERY 

What responsibility did the Scottish Government have for testing to be introduced into private care homes?

By reader iamsoccerdoc Having read the above BBC report, I have to say I was really shocked that the following, from a statement by Scottish Care, was published without any comment “We very much regret that insufficient attention was given to the needs of the care sector when compared to the preparation given to and focus upon the NHS. Social care as a whole was let down in the early stages of the pandemic, not least by the failures to introduce testing of staff and residents earlier.” In relation to the first paragraph, the implication seems to be that as … Continue reading What responsibility did the Scottish Government have for testing to be introduced into private care homes?

BBC campaigns to blame the SNP and hide far higher death rate in private /corporate care homes

Having misquoted the First Minister on hospital discharges into care homes, where outbreaks have been shown in 5 research reports to have been caused inadvertently by agency staff and not by the discharges, BBC Scotland headlines newly published details so as to again imply Scottish Government responsibility, just over two weeks before the election. Note the link to a Glenn Campbell piece misinterpreting deliberately the words of the Health Secretary on the 8th April. What the data reveal is proof that the causal factor in the rate of death is ownership. Almost without exception the toll of death was greatest, … Continue reading BBC campaigns to blame the SNP and hide far higher death rate in private /corporate care homes

SNP promise ‘wrap-around childcare’

From SNP Media this morning: Nicola Sturgeon will today (Wednesday) set out a revolution in Scotland’s childcare system with wrap-around childcare available all year round and free early years education extended to all 1 and 2 year olds. She will announce that a re-elected SNP Government will extend childcare to before and after-school, all year-round, with those on the lowest incomes paying nothing – allowing more people to afford to return to work, raising family incomes. Speaking while campaigning in Glasgow, the SNP Leader will highlight the huge investment the SNP government is making in Early Years, including the expansion … Continue reading SNP promise ‘wrap-around childcare’