Health Secretary Jeane Freeman is set to take questions today from MSPs on the care homes crisis, the eye of the Covid-19 storm in Scotland.  Yesterday’s weekly National Records of Scotland statistics revealed that there are now more deaths in care homes than the rest of Scotland combined, a tragic outcome three months into a […]

Care Homes crisis: 4 questions for the Health Secretary





Common Weal today publishes a very important report on the Care Homes crisis written by Nick Kempe, former Head of Service for Older People in Glasgow. The report can be read here, and is worth taking the time to go through carefully. A full analysis will appear on Source later.  Here, I will only focus on one aspect […]

We need to talk about democratic accountability in public services


The more one finds out about Home Farm care home in Portree, Skye, the more clear it is that something fundamental is wrong, not just here, but in the way care homes are run in this country generally.  The Care Inspectorate have now submitted an application to cancel the care home’s registration, run by private […]

Home Farm, and why the failures in care homes run deep


María Branyas is a name that may become synonymous with resilience. 113-years-old, she has survived the Spanish Flu of 1918-19, the Spanish Civil War of 1936-39 and the Coronavirus pandemic of 2020.  Branyas was in isolation for weeks after contracting Covid-19 in the care home she has lived in for two decades in the city […]

Remember the care home survivors


“Today we have one simple call: for politicians across Britain to act now to end carers’ poverty. Carers must be given the same level of support and respect they give to others; both now and for good.” – Jamie Livingstone, Head of Oxfam Scotland

Clap for Carers or Value Them in the Economy?