Newly published data from the Office of National Statistics has shown that the rate of COVID-19 deaths in Scottish care homes is higher than the equivalent week in England and cumulatively almost double the rate.

The National Records of Scotland data, published last week, confirmed that for the first time care home COVID-19 deaths outnumbered those that took place in Scottish hospitals.

The cumulative number of care home residents who have died of COVID-19 in Scotland stands at 886, 39 per cent of all COVID-19 deaths, compared to 21.43 per cent in England and Wales.

Scottish Government guidance sent to GPs in March, seen by Scottish Labour, appear to contradict claims by the First Minister that care home residents were not being prevented from being sent to hospital for clinical care. The same guidance also highlights that care home residents could be sent to a care home without testing negative for COVID-19 even with symptoms. This guidance stayed in place for five weeks.

Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard has raised concerns that a lack of PPE provision and limited testing, combined with reducing clinical care and bringing COVID-19 positive patients in to care homes has created the perfect storm with dire consequences.

Commenting, Scottish Labour Leader Richard Leonard said:

“This is more proof of the crisis that has unfolded in our care homes. The number of residents who have lost their lives is tragic. The thoughts of everyone at Scottish Labour is with their friends and families.

“The more we learn about the lack of PPE for staff, the failure to mass test and that Scottish Government guidance that was in place for five-weeks, which encouraged GPs not to send residents to hospital and allowed for COVID-19 positive patients to be sent to care homes, the more we understand how avoidable these tragic events have been.

“When we look at data from England and compare it to Scotland, it further highlights the human cost of slow action from the Scottish Government.

“By only prioritising hospital care at the beginning of this crisis, social care and care home staff and those they look after, some of the most vulnerable in society, have been badly let down.

“I am sure there will be inquiries about these failures at some point, and I am sure it will be difficult to hear, but for now it is vital that the Government gets on top of this crisis and ensures that we eliminate this virus from our care homes and so save lives.”

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