Scottish care home COVID-19 death reports will be suspended from Thursday 30 September, the Scottish Parliament has confirmed.
Following a debate, John Sweeney MSP, deputy first minister of Scotland and COVID recovery secretary said that suspending – rather than expiring the provisions – would mitigate against future outbreaks of COVID-19 cases, while reducing administrative burdens on care homes and the regulator, the Care Inspectorate.
Concerns were raised in the Scottish Parliament that COVID reporting could hinder or divert the regulator’s resources from wider scrutiny activity, including supporting below-par care home services.
Under the Coronavirus (Scotland) (No 2) Act 2020 obliged the Care Inspectorate to make fortnightly reports on inspections and care homes weekly death reports.
Swinney said: “[The] approach will allow the Care Inspectorate to focus on its essential work of assuring the quality of the care home environment, while retaining our ability to exercise a power of oversight, should that be required.”