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Care home boss demands public inquiry following COVID outbreak

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Renaissance Care executive chairman, Robert Kilgour, has repeated his call for a public inquiry after one of his care homes suffered a coronavirus outbreak.

Robert (pictured) demanded a “short, sharp, lessons learned inquiry” following the outbreak at Milford House in Edinburgh where a small number of residents died from coronavirus.

The care home boss told EdinburghLive: “There is a bit of a concern that history could repeat itself. I’ve been calling on the Scottish Government since June, saying this is the time for a lesson learned review so we can put some of the lessons learned into action now and save lives.

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“As we enter winter we need a swift inquiry – looking at everything from testing staff, discharging hospital patients and asymptomatic testing – so we can look at what we can do differently.”

Robert said Renaissance Care had “drawn on previous experience” to swiftly tackle the outbreak at Milford House.

He added: “Milford house is currently battling the virus after avoiding having any COVID until now, but has been hit by a second wave and touch wood we came through it.”

A Scottish Government spokesperson said: “Ministers have already confirmed that there will be a public inquiry into all aspects of the impact and handling of COVID-19, and this will include care homes. Our immediate focus is on continuing to do everything necessary to save lives for the remainder of this pandemic, learning lessons and applying the knowledge that we have.

“Since the start of this pandemic our priority has been to save people’s lives, wherever they live and we have taken firm action to protect care home staff and residents. This includes expanding and strengthening PPE supplies in Scotland, introducing regular testing for care home staff, ensuring local oversight arrangements to support care homes, and equipping the Care Inspectorate to carry out an enhanced assurance role.”

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