After reading in the Guardian on 29th April: ‘Third of UK Covid-19 patients taken to hospital die, study finds‘, I emailed the Chief Investigator of the research team, Professor Semple, to ask for a Scottish breakdown of the data.

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/apr/29/study-finds-a-third-of-uk-covid-19-patients-taken-to-hospital-are-dying

He passed the request on to a Scottish member of the team who provided me with this:

At the moment in Scotland: To compare like with like, I have restricted this to patients who were admitted at least 2 weeks ago (this is a week later than the overall cohort), in order to enable most patients to finish their hospital journey. Out of 788 patients, 142 (18%) have died, 415 (53%) have been discharged alive, and 232 patients remain in hospital.

At first sight, the Scottish sample seems small given the UK sample of ‘nearly 17 000’. With 8% of the population, you might expect a sample of 1360.

However, Scotland has less cases in the first place, only 6.6%, of the UK total. 6.6% of the 17 000 is 1122 so perhaps the sample is reasonably valid.

The 18% mortality in Scottish hospitals is significantly lower than that, 33% across the UK.

It’s not entirely surprising given the higher staffing levels and better performance in infection control, with many English hospitals failing inspections on this criterion, in recent times:

https://talkingupscotlandtwo.com/2020/03/07/bbc-england-accused-of-pro-tory-bias-as-infected-patients-not-segregated-from-other-patients-by-untrained-essex-hospital-staff/

https://talkingupscotlandtwo.com/2020/04/09/reporting-scotland-staff-shocked-bbc-england-not-reporting-appalling-hospital-inspection-report/

https://talkingupscotlandtwo.com/2020/03/07/coronavirus-alert-calls-for-resignations-as-second-essex-hospital-is-declared-unsafe/

https://talkingupscotlandtwo.com/2020/01/30/snp-accused-of-making-scotlands-hospitals-too-clean-for-norovirus-to-survive-deliberately-as-600-beds-are-closed-every-day-in-england/

I can find no example of Scottish hospital failing inspections.