Two days ago, BBC Scotland drew our attention to this:
Nearly half of Scotland’s 4,193 coronavirus deaths have been linked to care homes. So what do we know about these men and women who succumbed to a disease that has ravaged the world? Surprisingly, the answer is very little.
They went on to tell us:
Data also reveals that since mid-March there have been 2,365 “excess deaths” [all causes] in Scottish care homes as measured against the five-year average.
Their data comes from:
They asked ‘What do we know?’ but did not think that we might like to know how that figure compares with other parts of the UK. Given the repeated suggestions that the death rate had been higher in Scotland, some reliable figures would be useful.
Earlier in July, BBC UK had published just what BBC Scotland needed, ONS data on excess deaths:
Almost 30,000 more care home residents in England and Wales died during the coronavirus outbreak than during the same period in 2019, ONS figures show.
England and Wales has 11 times the population so, all things being equal, the rate there would have been just over 26 000 but it is ‘almost 30 000’. The Scottish rate is 10% lower.
This is even more remarkable given Scotland’s higher mortality rate overall for the over-65s:
After adjustment for differences in deprivation, premature mortality (<65 years) in Scotland is 20% higher than in England & Wales.
Scotland’s care homes praised for saving thousands of lives?