Jackie Baillie, MSP for Dumbarton and Scottish Labour Deputy Leader, has successful ensured greater levels of transparency and openness are required within the Care Inspectorate’s reporting of Covid-19 care home death figures.
During the Stage 2 and Stage 3 debates of the Coronavirus (Scotland) (No.2) Bill, Jackie Baillie received the backing from MSPs across the Scottish Parliament for a number of amendments that she put forward. Her amendment requiring greater levels of transparency and monitoring from the Care Inspectorate was a result of many care home staff and family members of residents coming forward and expressing grave concerns regarding the conduct of care home management – in particularly HC-One which runs Castle View Care Home in Dumbarton.
Jackie Baillie has repeatedly raised concerns with the Scottish Government regarding a severe lack of appropriate PPE for care home staff and a distinct lack of testing of both staff and residents. The Scottish Government had previously taken the decision to allow for the Care Inspectorate to inspect care homes remotely. This resulted in many instances of malpractice going under the radar. Baillie’s amendment ensures that the Care Inspectorate is now legally required to carry out full investigations within care homes and to produce robust and transparent reports based on the findings of investigations.
Jackie Baillie MSP said:
“Amid the biggest and most deadly crisis our care homes have ever faced, the Care Inspectorate has been posted missing for months. It is clear that care homes are in fact the very epicentre of this pandemic and the staff working to protect residents are at the very front of the frontline.
“It is therefore unacceptable that – up until now – we have seen almost no substantial inspections from the Care Inspectorate and no transparency by way of reporting findings. The horror stories coming out of care homes in Dumbarton and across the country should have been cause of grave concern for the Inspectorate.
“I am glad that my amendment passed with cross-party support. Hopefully, this will put an end to the awful conduct of care home management – in particular HC-One.
“Our vital care home staff, and residents, deserve so much better. Only full and constant transparency within reporting will allow us to know exactly what they are facing, and therefore exactly how we can support them.”