Crown Office urged to consider prosecution over care home deaths
The Crown Office has been urged to consider a prosecution over the deaths of 11 people at a care home on Skye.
Home Farm in Portree suffered a Covid outbreak early on in the pandemic. A number of residents died at the home, which was operated by HC One. It was later taken over by NHS Highland.
A spokeswoman for the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service said: “The procurator fiscal has received reports in connection with the deaths of 11 people at the Home Farm Care Home, Skye.
“These reports are being fully considered by the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service and the families will continue to be kept updated in relation to any significant developments.”
A public inquiry into Covid deaths was announced by the Scottish government in December.
Solicitor Pamela Rodgers, of PBW Law, is acting on behalf of a number of families whose relatives died at Home Farm. She said: “The Crown has committed to reviewing all deaths which took place in care homes during the pandemic.
“As the public inquiry is designed to cover the Covid-19 response in general in Scotland and is not specifically a care home inquiry, albeit it will cover matters relevant to care homes, fatal accident inquiries may follow.
“We certainly think that an inquiry for Home Farm is merited because of the issues which arose there.”