A major new report has concluded that severe restrictions imposed on care homes by Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon are likely to have contributed to emotional decline and deaths.
The report also claims that the legal basis for confining residents to their rooms and banning visitors was unclear.
According to The Telegraph:
Research commissioned by Scotland’s independent public inquiry into the handling of the pandemic found that the legal basis for confining residents to their rooms and banning visitors was “unclear”.
The 143-page report, produced by Edinburgh Napier University, found there was “little evidence” in the early months of the Covid outbreak that the human rights of residents and their families were considered.
The research acknowledged that the need for some restrictions was “understandable” given the vulnerability of care home residents prior to the vaccination programme, and “the large number of deaths in the sector.”
However, it concluded that they were arguably discriminated against compared to other citizens.
A second report commissioned by the inquiry, from Edinburgh University, said half of all Covid-related deaths in Scotland between March and June 2020 had involved care home residents.
It said Scotland had the highest rate among care home residents in the UK during the first wave of the pandemic and a lack of testing of hospital patients discharged into homes contributed to outbreaks…
The High Court in England ruled this week that UK Government policies on discharging untested patients from hospitals to care homes south of the border were unlawful. Bereaved families in Scotland are now considering legal action.
The Napier report was compiled by a team from the university’s school of health and social care, led by Professor Colin McKay.
“There is substantial evidence of the harm and distress caused to residents and their families by the restrictions imposed in care homes,” it concluded.
“This includes concerns that, particularly for people with dementia, being unable to maintain contact with their family exacerbated cognitive and emotional decline, potentially hastening their death.”
The research concluded: “Overall, there is convincing evidence that while public health measures were brought in to protect the Scottish population, the impact of these changes on the daily lives of some vulnerable populations and people involved in their care were not fully considered.”
Sturgeon is evil incarnate. I remember her cackling her way through the covid briefings. She could barely contain her glee as she laid down her devastating lockdown laws.
She’s a cancer. They all are. But don’t hold your breath waiting for them to be charged for their crimes against humanity.
They’ll do it again too. Maybe even this Winter.