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The coronavirus scandal becomes criminal: Elderly hospital patients who tested positive WERE discharged BACK into UK care homes

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We've known for some time now that the failure to protect residents in care homes for the elderly has been a major factor in coronavirus death tolls in many parts of the world. But a recent newspaper report has added a new dimension to the scandal.

Here in Scotland, as in other parts of the UK, there has been outrage that elderly people in hospital were discharged into care homes without being tested for Covid-19 in a desperate rush to clear hospital beds. That seems incredibly negligent. But now we have confirmation that patients were sent to care homes after testing positive for Covid-19. That seems downright criminal.

Last weekend, a Scottish Sunday newspaper, the Sunday Post, reported that at least five local health boards decided to transfer patients into care homes despite positive tests, amounting to at least 37 patients. Another six health boards said they either didn't transfer such patients or waited at least until the patients would no longer be infectious. But the figures could be much higher. Of the two biggest health boards approached, NHS Lothian (which covers Edinburgh) didn't respond and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde said it would be too expensive to check its records to find out.

Moving Covid-19 patients into care homes is lunacy beyond belief, taking them from settings with high standards of hygiene and medical facilities into........

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