RUTH DAVIDSON has savaged First Minister Nicola Sturgeon over her handling of the coronavirus pandemic, she was supported by scores of Express.co.uk readers who vented their anger at the tragically high mortality rate in care homes across Scotland and gave messages of support for Ms Davidson.
As Ms Davidson raged against the Scottish Government over their failure to protect care home residents and staff during the coronavirus pandemic one Daily Express reader took to Facebook to declare their suspicions that the death toll from coronavirus had been too low. They wrote: “I had my suspicions with all those low numbers being declared in a point-scoring competition. The numbers who have died will be exposed by the media in due course and I wont be surprised if it is hundreds more than the figures we are being fed.”
Former Scottish Conservative leader Ms Davidson hit out at Nicola Sturgeon for the decision to allow hospital patients back into care homes without testing for coronavirus.
Speaking to Good Morning Britain, Ms Davidson said: “I think whatever inquiries we have out of the back of this, theres going to be so many lessons that we have to learn.
“For example, you talk about the situation in England where some people were put into care homes without having tested negative first as they were discharged from hospital.
“We had the same thing in Scotland but weve had to a greater degree.
“We had the Scottish Government actively using beds in advance in care homes, spending money, telling care home operators we want to emptier hospitals and were going to do it without testing or having a negative test back of the people were putting in there’.”
Many other Facebook users erupted with fury at the news of the death toll in Scotland.
One reader’s anger was placed firmly at the feet of Scotland’s First Minister: “Every failure for Nicola Sturgeon seems to result in an excuse for her to blame Westminster.”
Much anger was aimed at the situation within care homes and the high fatality rate from coronavirus amongst the residents.
One Daily Express reader took to Facebook to say: “The people who own care homes are a disgrace.
“We cannot call them self care homes as they don’t care for people, otherwise they would have more staff so there was time to interact with people and make them smile.
“All the residents get is to be treated like a drive-through.
“Get up, wash, food, changed, shower, on and on.
“They need some love and kindness.”
One user argued that it was time to overhaul the whole care home industry, they said: “So many care homes are private businesses, with owners, managers and very few people from the NHS being employed, often agency employees.
“Something needs to be done about this throughout Britain.
“I notice that in some of the photos the homes were in very remote part of Scotland, including the islands.
“Beautiful homes with panoramic scenery.
“It must have cost the residents a great deal to live in them.
“I agree that Nicola Sturgeon did not do her job properly but a finger must also be pointed at the owners who are, no doubt, in it for the money.”
About Ruth Davidson’s outspoken comments, one Facebook user said: “Welcome back Ruth, keep going we have missed you.”
Other added: “Ruth Davidson, the woman who should be running
The news of the tragic death toll in Scottish care homes comes as the UK Government has been accused of inflating the amount of testing being achieved on a monthly basis.
The Government was accused last month of including thousands of home tests which had been posted but not completed in a bid to reach its target of 100,000 tests.
Jon Ashworth MP, Labours Shadow Health Secretary, speaking to the Daily Telegraph, said: “Ministers have already received an embarrassing slap on the wrists for their dodgy spin on testing figures.
“It seems they havent learnt their lesson.
“We need absolute transparency in the presentation of these figures”.
The Government announced at the beginning of May that it would be extending its target from 100,000 tests per day to 200,000 tests per day.
But so far it has only hit the 100,000 target nine times in the 20 days since its introduction.