Death rate among health and care workers more than twice as high in England and Wales

In the Independent today:

Ministers have been accused of trying to cover up the findings from investigations into hundreds of health and social care worker deaths linked to coronavirus after it emerged the results will not be made public. The Independent revealed on Tuesday that medical examiners across England and Wales have been asked by ministers to investigate more than 620 deaths of frontline staff that occurred during the pandemic.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/health/coronavirus-nhs-staff-deaths-secret-cover-up-ministers-a9667156.html

From the Scottish Government yesterday:

Since the start of the outbreak: We have been notified by Health Boards or the Care Inspectorate of 7 deaths of healthcare workers and 13 deaths of social care workers, related to COVID-19. We are not able to confirm how many of these staff contracted COVID-19 through their work.

https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-daily-data-for-scotland/

England and Wales have between them 12 times the population of Scotland so, all things being equal, might be expected to have had around 240 deaths but they had more than 620, more than twice as many.

Such a difference must have its basis in differing conditions for workers.

9 thoughts on “Death rate among health and care workers more than twice as high in England and Wales”

  1. These figures might allow some extrapolation to be done in order to form some picture of the likely numbers of deaths of staff in care homes. Better person than me needed to do that, though. Not mathematically gifted. My woodwork teacher said in his report after I had tried to remove my thumb with a chisel: ” Has devised elegant ways of taking home firewood.”

    https://www.communitycare.co.uk/2020/05/11/covid-19-deaths-among-social-care-staff-far-outstripping-healthcare/

    “Covid-19 deaths among social care staff in England and Wales are far outstripping those among healthcare workers and among those in the wider working population, official figures show.

    Up to 20 April, deaths involving Covid-19 among male social care staff was 23.4 deaths per 100,000 men aged 20-64 (45 deaths in total), compared with a national rate of 9.9 and one of 10.2 among male healthcare workers. Among women, the social care death rate was 9.6 deaths per 100,000 (86 deaths), compared with 5.2 for the general population and 4.8 for female health workers.

    The overall number of deaths among social care staff – 131 so far, compared with 106 in the health service – is likely to have gone up significantly since 20 April.”

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  2. Some insights here, also.

    https://reader.health.org.uk/adult-social-care-and-covid-19-assessing-the-impact-on-social-care-users-and-staff-in-england-so-far/key-points

    “The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has had a profound impact on people receiving social care. As of July 2020, there have been over 30,500 more deaths among care home residents in England than we would normally expect. A further 4,500 excess deaths have been reported among people receiving domiciliary social care.
    While fewer domiciliary care users have died than care home residents, in proportional terms the increase in deaths has been higher in domiciliary care than care homes (225% compared with 208%). Domiciliary care users continue to die at a higher rate than has been reported in previous years. Many of these additional deaths have not been linked explicitly to COVID-19. It is unclear whether these additional deaths are due to the indirect impacts of the pandemic or as a result of undiagnosed cases.
    It is not just those receiving social care who have lost their lives during this pandemic. Social care workers are among the occupational groups at highest risk of COVID-19 mortality. Among this group, care home workers and home carers account for the highest proportion (76%) of COVID-19 deaths. We do not know exactly when these deaths occurred, so it is not possible to understand the extent to which more recent policy changes and infection control measures have improved safety for staff.”

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  3. It’s no necessarily different working conditions. There are different percentages of ethnic groups in health and care workers in England and Wales compared to Scotland and BAME people have a higher mortality if they contract the disease.

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      1. Not at all. Plenty of black women and men involved in health and social care died too.
        But the fact is that there are more BAME staff as a percentage in England than Scotland. Walk into any hospital in the Midlands or London and you will see for yourself.

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  4. Look at Khailish Chand’s recent tweet on Twitter to see who has died. I can’t add the photo of his tweet on here.

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