This Freedom of Information request from the recurring and mysterious Manfred Stobartson, is of interest to us.
Dear Scottish Government,
In the last 52 weeks:
1 in every 87 of Scotland’s population died,
1 in 89 of Wales
1 in 102 of England
1 in 113 of N Ireland
Is there a ‘Scottish Gov’ version’ of the above statistics that might make them look less horrific?
What actions are intended to be put in place to address this issue?
What is the main reasons [sic] for such a far higher death rate in Scotland?
The Scottish Government replied today and this paragraph seems of particular interest:
Whilst there have been improvements over the longer-term in areas of Scotland’s population health such as reductions in the percentage of adults who smoke, reductions in the percentage of children diagnosed with asthma and reductions in the mortality rate for cancers, heart disease and respiratory conditions, long-standing health inequalities still persist and these are having a negative impact on Scotland’s life expectancy and mortality rates. The actions the Scottish Government is taking reflect not just the need to improve the health of the population, but also the need to reduce the prevalence of the underlying causes such as deprivation and poverty. More information on the action being taken is available on the Health and Social Care policy pages of the Scottish Government here:
There’s an obvious supplementary question here:
Why after centuries of ‘the most successful political union the world has ever known‘ (Johnson, 2020) and over half a century of Labour Party stewardship of Scotland, have long-standing health inequalities still persisted?
Who should answer that question? The SNP Scottish Government after only 12 of the total 313 years of wonderful opportunity?