An investigation by the Sunday Post [1] revealed that patients from across Scotland were knowingly transferred from hospitals to care homes after testing positive for coronavirus.


The Scottish Government revealed that between 1st March 2020 and 21st April 2020, 1431 untested patients were moved to care homes. However, following freedom of information requests, the Sunday Post revealed yesterday (16th August 2020) that 300 patients were tested with at least 37 of those testing positive sent to care homes.


The responses to these freedom of information requests showed that this occurred in five health boards including Ayrshire and Arran, Grampian, Tayside, Fife and Lanarkshire.


NHS Lothian and NHS Highland did not respond to the Sunday Post’s freedom of information requests.

Today, Scottish Labour has called on Police Scotland to launch a formal investigation into why patients with coronavirus were knowingly discharged from hospitals to care homes where many vulnerable residents live.


Labour MSP, Neil Findlay MSP said:


““The news that people with coronavirus were knowingly discharged into care homes – where vulnerable residents were infected and consequently died – is both shocking and devastating.


“This was a policy decision with appalling consequences for so many families. Someone must be held to account for this scandal.


“I am appalled that NHS Lothian refused to respond to disclose their figures and I will be writing to them to ask them to do so immediately.”

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