Scottish Labour is today raising serious concerns over the lack of Personal Protective Equipment and possible negligence by management at Castleview Care Home in Dumbarton, where at least 11 deaths have been recorded in the last 10 days.
In a letter to the Deputy Leader of Scottish Labour, Jackie Baillie, the Regional Secretary of GMB Scotland, Gary Smith, revealed the struggles faced by staff at the care home in raising concerns over the lack of access to PPE and the absence of support for staff.
The letter reveals that care workers at Castleview were accused of ‘overreacting’ and causing panic by management for taking the temperature of residents, and that vital PPE such as face masks had been locked away from care workers from the start of the outbreak.
Concerns have also been raised by care workers at Castleview about staffing levels at the home, specifically levels of nursing cover.
Despite these concerns, management at Castleview entirely deny that there are any issues surrounding nursing provision at the facility.
Commenting, Deputy Leader of the Scottish Labour Party and MSP for Dumbarton, Jackie Baillie, said:
“ My first thoughts are with the families that lost loved ones and the care workers who are trying to do all they can to keep residents safe. This letter raises serious concerns over the actions of management at Castleview Care Home, which may well have had tragic repercussions for residents and their families.
“It is vital that employers take the concerns of staff seriously at all times and, in this time of crisis, it is vital that care workers are listened to.
“ Scottish Labour has continually called for the Scottish Government to do more to ensure all frontline workers get the PPE they need, but this shows that without employers sticking to the Government guidance lives can be endangered.
“Above all, it is clear that the owners of Castleview, HC1, have serious questions to answer and the Care Commission need to investigate matters urgently.”