As we witness soaring Covid cases up to and beyond the First Wave peak, in the hospitals of England and Wales, but a flattening well below the peak and now a fall in NHS Scotland, I’m reminded of something Andrew Marr said in his interview with Nicola Sturgeon in November:
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%.
Leaving aside his obvious lack of understanding of what those figures actually mean there’s an obvious corollary –
53% of the deaths in Scotland were in hospitals. That’s a lot, lot lower than in England where it was 70%?
I know some, but very few, deaths happened in neither care homes nor in hospitals but the conclusion seems reasonable.
There are some contributory facts too. Hospital-acquired Covid infections ran at between 8 and 12 times higher in English hospitals: