By Democrat reporter

Jackie Baillie, MSP for Dumbarton, Vale of Leven and Helensburgh, has said that the number of “excess deaths” in Scotland’s care homes show that the social care sector is in desperate need of more support and protection than it is currently being given.

Excess deaths is the term being used to calculate the non-Covid-19 related deaths that occur.

Statistics published last week by the National Records of Scotland have shown that over 600 excess deaths have been recorded in Scotland’s care homes in the past seven weeks.

These care home excess deaths are more than a third higher than the average for the last five years. When Covid-19 deaths are included, that rate rises to more than double the five year average.

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Jackie Baillie MSP

Jackie Baillie has repeatedly called for more support to be given to staff and residents in the social care sector.

She has called for across the board testing of both staff and residents as well a full and sustained supply of PPE for a workers in the sector.

West Dunbartonshire has been hit particularly badly by the virus with high numbers of Covid-19 deaths being reported. West Dunbartonshire also has the second highest Covid-19 death rate per head of the population.

Jackie Baillie MSP said:  “It is deeply worrying that not only are huge numbers of care home residents dying from Covid-19, but that there is a far higher than normal number of non-Covid-19 deaths in care homes.

“Staff and resources are being stretched to their absolute limit and residents are losing their lives as a consequence. The Scottish Government, local authorities and care home management must act immediately to protect all staff and residents.

“Care home staff are working incredibly hard to keep each and every elderly person safe but they have no hope of beating this virus without an immediate step up in terms of the support being given to them.”

Cllr Jonathan McColl, leader of the SNP administration on West Dunbartonshire Council, refuses to comment.

One comment

  1. HC-One is the company that owns the Home Farm care home in Portree.

    It is a private company, and a very big one at that because it owns over 25% of ALL of the care homes in England, Wales and Scotland. A business turning over billions.

    HC One is run by a CEO called Sir David Behan. Prior to his appointment he was head of the Quality Care Commission. The highest paid director in his company is reported to have earned £808,000 which is not bad money in most people’s book.

    According to Wikipedia HC One in 2017 made a profit of £6.7 million. Not exactly a huge sum to pay corporation tax on given its turnover and certainly inconsistent with paying directors the best part of a million pounds a year.

    But thing may not be as they seem.

    HC One is owned by a company called Libra Intermediate based in the tax haven of Jersey.

    In turn Libra Intermediate is owned by FC Skyfall which is a limited partnership based in the Cayman Islands.

    The question most ordinary mortals, or should is say ” morsels” would ask is why is a care home in Portree, or Dumbarton or Dundee owned by ultimate owners in off shore tax havens.

    Could it be to avoid tax?

    And if it is to avoid tax, by transfer pricing monies, profits and etc across to tax free jurisdictions, what taxpayer assistance do we want to give these companies?

    Their questionable health care (?) is very much coming under scrutiny and one has to ask is this the model of care that we want.

    If so, can we look forward to a similar model for our NHS once Boris does his trade deal with the USA

    I suspect we can. Private health care is coming. In fact it’s here already.

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