Leading care home operator HC-One has expressed its outrage at Scottish Labour Party and GMB Union allegations it had withheld PPE from staff at a home where the deaths of eight people have been linked to the coronavirus.
The UK’s largest care home provider accused the organisations of “political point scoring” after GMB regional secretary Gary Smith wrote to Dumbarton MSP Jackie Baillie alleging that protective masks at Castle View care home (pictured) had been “locked away by management, and staff were told they did not need to use them”.
Scotland organiser Kirsty Nimmo said the GMB had seen further information making further “serious claims” of shortages of nursing staff and bullying and harassment of staff at the care home.
Ms Baillie said HC-One had “serious questions to answer” and the CQC needed to investigate the matter urgently.
In its response, HC-One said it was “outraged” that Scottish Labour had not had the courtesy of getting in touch before making the claims which it said were “categorically untrue”.
An HC-One spokesperson added: “The home is well stocked with thousands of items of PPE that are available to all colleagues. Our home manager has been professional, effective and has treated the situation with the utmost seriousness throughout the outbreak. We have always had appropriate staff numbers on duty, including nurses. Our organisation has, and continues to provide, all possible support to our colleagues on the front line who are doing an exceptional job every single day.
“All of this could have been evidenced to the Scottish Labour Party, had they had the courtesy to contact us first, and we’ll be urgently writing to them to complain about their conduct.”