This morning, Andrew Marr threw at Nicola Sturgeon this:
What about people dying in Scottish care homes? Again, we have gone back to the data and looking at a report by the University of Stirling – 47% of the deaths in Scotland were in care homes. That’s a lot, lot higher than in England where it was 30%. Terrible in both cases.
From the same report:
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, unusually, we have bias by selection from within the same report.
And, what does the percentage who died in one setting mean here? We know from the above that Scottish care homes had less death than English ones and do we also know that that because a lower percentage of all the deaths in England were in care homes that their hospitals were less effective?