An East Kilbride care home where 23 residents died from COVID-19 should be investigated by the Lord Advocate.

That’s the calls of Labour MSP Monica Lennon who is demanding that all care home deaths in Scotland be thoroughly investigated at the highest level – including Whitehills Care Home in East Kilbride.

It comes as The Procurator Fiscal confirmed it had received reports on three deaths at HC-One’s Home Farm Care Home in Skye.

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The home, which has been purchased by NHS Highland, suffered 11 COVID-related deaths.

Police say a multi-agency large scale investigation into standards of care is ongoing in regards to the home in Skye including investigating any possible criminal neglect.

However, Ms Lennon has branded a report published in June by the Care Inspectorate into Whitehills as simply a “tick box” exercise which does nothing to answer the questions of families into their loved ones’ care amid the pandemic – instead praising infection control procedures and cleanliness.

Monica Lennon MSP

She reported the home – run by Thistle Healthcare LTD – to the inspectorate due to the high number of COVID-related deaths.

Ms Lennon said: “Many people are questioning why more was not done to monitor standards in care homes across Scotland and act quickly when safety was at risk.

“Rightly, the deaths at Home Farm Care Home on Skye came under intense scrutiny, however, here in East Kilbride where many more residents died in Whitehills Care Home, there are many families still searching for answers.

“There doesn’t appear to be any consistency in how deaths are being investigated.

“All families deserve the truth and the authorities must learn from it.

Lord Advocate James Wolffe

“That’s why I’ve consistently called for transparency and have asked the Lord Advocate to thoroughly investigate all care home deaths.

“This should include the deaths of residents at Whitehills Care Home. My constituents in East Kilbride and Lanarkshire are as deserving of answers as anyone else.”

A number of families have came forward over what they branded as “neglect” of relatives during and before the outbreak.

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Meanwhile, we revealed that Whitehills received a scathing report at from the Inspectorate at the beginning of the year over the lack of care of a 72-year-old long term resident who died just a few months before the pandemic hit.

And a former nurse at the home also spoke out about how the home was managed - describing it as “absolutely filthy”.

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East Kilbride MSP Linda Fabiani said: “I am in touch with the Care Commission and some relatives of residents.

“I know that the Care Commission is considering submissions made to them.”

Whitehills were contacted for a comment by the News, but said they did not wish to speak on political matters.