In the Herald today, Alex Gallagher, Largs, makes this comment
I’ll leave the exams ‘fiasco’ for another time but the rest of this paragraph is based on clear dishonesty in the light of well-published evidence contradicting and rejecting it utterly.
First, differentiating the death rates:
Despite the damage done by following the 4 Nations approach, favoured by Labour, the death rate in England is now 50% higher per head of population, per capita, pro-rata.
Second, the care home mortality:
Care homes in England experienced the highest increase in excess deaths at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic compared to those in the rest of the UK, according to new research. A study – co-ordinated from the University of Stirling’s Management School – found that care homes in England recorded a 79 percent increase in excess deaths, compared to 66 percent in Wales, 62 percent in Scotland and 46 percent in Northern Ireland.
So, care home deaths were 27% higher in England.
Third, the discharges myth:
Three large research studies make clear that the primary responsibility for the outbreaks in care homes lies in the reliance on agency staff:
There is no evidence that hospital discharges were responsible for any care home deaths.
Footnote: Gallagher suffers from Twitterrage. This year he suggested that Sarah Smith ‘Get a backbone. Tell her (Nicola Sturgeon, also of North Ayrshire) to f___ off.‘ In 2018, he told a London-based journalist that he was not a ‘real Scot.’
Dear readers, write to the Herald letters page using the above facts?