MSP demands lessons be learned over care home Covid deaths

West Scotland list MSP Paul O’Kane has demanded lessons be learned as the number Covid-related deaths in East Renfrewshire care homes have been revealed.

Paul O'Kane MSP

Statistics from the Care Inspectorate show that between March 16, 2020, and March 21, 2021, 92 Covid-related deaths were recorded in East Renfrewshire care homes.

This is an average of 12 per 100 care home places, compared to an Scottish average of 9.2 per 100.

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Westacres care home in Newton Mearns was hit particularly badly with 18 Covid-related deaths recorded at the facility.

Mr O’Kane said: “What happened in Scotland’s care homes during the pandemic was nothing short of a scandal. Our heroic care home and NHS staff went above and beyond, but they were failed and put in harm's way by the Government.

“The 92 Covid-related deaths that occurred in East Renfrewshire care homes are a tragedy, and not only must those responsible be held to account, we also need reform of our care system and a National Care Service.”