4 thoughts on “Excess care home deaths 25% higher in England and Wales than in Scotland”

  1. Being neither diplomatic nor a politician my response to “…for what reason Scotland reportedly has the highest Covid-19 death rate, proportionately per population size, in the UK” would have been “because the media, politicians and SiU opposed to the SNP administration made it their business to promote that lie”.
    Good answer from Freeman, she skipped past the deliberate gerrymandering of figures in England since the outset and nailed excess deaths as the only viable measure. The remaining England & Wales wheeze doubtless obscures an England figure higher than 83%.
    I recall Anders Tegnell commenting that Care-Home death toll had been his greatest shock despite all the precautions Sweden had put in place, a tragedy which has echoed worldwide.
    Science and techniques may have moved on, but the current Scottish strategy of keeping infections low is the only sensible way society can minimise the chances of a repeat.

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  2. Article in The Lancet about the realities of coping with covid 19 outbreaks in England’s hospitals. Many, not all, of the difficulties arising are common across the UK.


    “Comas-Herrera points out that even if the majority of this year’s excess deaths in care homes are not directly attributable to infection with SARS-CoV-2, that does not mean they are not a consequence of the pandemic. “COVID-19 has been hugely disruptive; it has affected all aspects of care”, she said. Isolating residents may mitigate the spread of the virus, but it is associated with morbidity of its own. Care homes are built for communal living and staffed accordingly. The lack of supervision places isolated residents at increased risk of injury, particularly from falls, and their mental health might suffer. People with dementia often stop eating if they are depressed, which can hasten death. Besides, it is no small task to persuade people with dementia to stay in their rooms and maintain physical distancing. No-one wants to see caregivers resort to restraining or sedating residents.”

    Data from ONS.


    “Since the beginning of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic (between the period 2 March to 12 June 2020, registered up to 20 June 2020), there were 66,112 deaths of care home residents (wherever the death occurred); of these, 19,394 involved COVID-19, which is 29.3% of all deaths of care home residents.

    Since mid-April 2020, we have seen a slowdown in both the total number of deaths and deaths involving COVID-19 in care home residents.

    England had a statistically significantly higher age-standardised mortality rate for deaths involving COVID-19 (1,182.9 deaths per 100,000 care home residents) compared with Wales (822.3 deaths per 100,000 care home residents).”

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    1. Nobody could doubt the multitude of problems thrown up for Care-Home staff and residents throughout, the emotional and psychological toll on both must horrendous when personal interaction is a central theme.

      In the ONS Report in Section 8 Fig 16 are the excess deaths for England but for ALL domiciliary care, on 19th June, 125%, but no ready separation for Care-Homes only.
      But it was the final paragraph of that Section which rather stunned me as it cut across the notion E&W were a perfect fit-
      “The Care Inspectorate Wales (CIW) do not hold information on deaths in domiciliary care services, as these services are not legally required to notify CIW of deaths. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) data do not contain information on whether a person was in receipt of domiciliary care, so no direct comparisons are possible.”


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