See this from the Evening Express yesterday:
‘Dementia care at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary is so good a health agency is sharing its secrets to inspire hospital staff across Scotland. Healthcare Improvement Scotland spent the first three months of this year carrying out a detailed review of practice in four wards at ARI and has now published its report, highlighting the hospital’s “particularly good practice”. The 52-page document paints a rosy picture of a service helping dementia patients and their families by using a particularly clever approach. When patients arrive on the wards, their loved ones are asked to fill in a Getting to Know Me booklet so staff can learn about patients’ personalities.’
In sharp contrast, on the 7th August, the Sun reported:
‘An investigation by the Daily Mail found four in ten UK care homes had failed inspections this year, with residents being forced to live in filthy and squalid conditions, and some locked in bedrooms without any natural light. Health chiefs also found OAPs were left starving under the watchful eyes of carers and some were even given the wrong medication. Police were also forced to investigate incidents of an elderly resident allegedly choking to death and another of a resident being left without care while having a seizure. Of the 5,300 UK care homes inspected this year, 2,000 were dubbed as inadequate or in need of improvement.’
I feel sure things will not be perfect in Scotland’s care homes but we’ve seen nothing like these cases from the highly deregulated English system. I feel sure Reporting Scotland would have delighted in telling us if there were any such cases in Scotland.