Why are you THREE times as likely to end uP in Covid ICU in England?

England has ten times the population of Scotland but nearly 30 times as many patients in intensive care. That’s a very significant difference and while causes will almost certainly be complex, they must be there.

Less dramatically, admittance to hospital with any level of Covid infection is twice as common in England:

There is at least as much poverty, underlying ill health, and old age in Scotland so that seems an unlikely explanation.

England has a higher percentage of BAME groups in the population than Scotland and the Asian sub-group does seem to be suffering more.

Contact -tracing in Scotland has been much more successful leading to more of the infected being tested early and, perhaps, admitted earlier before their conditions worsen.

Hospital-onset in Scotland is much less frequent in Scotland’s hospitals so the already sick are less likely to contract Covid-19 in hospital.

Staffing is significantly higher and staff absence much lower in Scottsih hospitals so better initial care may be also preventing conditions worsening.

7 thoughts on “Why are you THREE times as likely to end uP in Covid ICU in England?

  1. #AndyMarr would claim that Scotland had worse stats on Tues the 9th at 3pm, and Nah, nah, ne, nah, nah–in typical BBC bluster(and bluff).

    The Hootsmon, which I bought for two decades( when it was a newspaper) has been sold. The whole caboodle has gone for less than half the money they could have received for the Scotsman title alone, just a few years ago.

    The new owners assert they will “monetise it by matching content to audience”.
    The biggest audience in Scotland is pro independence.

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    1. “The new owners assert they will “monetise it by matching content to audience”.”

      Now that’s an interesting concept! No pre-determined political position -just FOLLOW the audience. Is that as good as journalism can provide as a service to democracy?

      And is this ‘audience’ the Scotsman’s existing readership or its potential readership?

      Given its name, given the potential for exploiting that name is big relative to its present market share – within the scale of Scotland’s media market – are the new owners interested in and capable of providing high quality, analytical, objective, insightful, balanced – not predictably partisan – journalism? That’s all I want – not a one party, but also not a BritNat mouthpiece.

      I wonder what difference will result. of this ownership change. Not holding my breath.

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  2. The stats may not be measuring the same things either. I understand that high dependency beds, below ICU are more common here but are lumped with ICU in England but not here.

    That may make the figures somewhat closer but your Q is still a good one. We are supposed to still be the sick man of Europe as well.

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  3. O/T – in case this has been missed from Scotland’s media outlets:

    ‘Ireland takes up seat on UN Security Council.’

    That’s a country very like Scotland – except of course that it’s independent – proving it’s big enough, smart enough and respected enough for its values and capacities, to contribute in its own right on the world stage!

    In the Republic’s government press release on 1 January Taoiseach Micheál Martin says: “This is a great honour and a great responsibility for Ireland. The members of the UN have entrusted this country with the task of supporting and promoting international peace and security. We will act fairly and independently.

    “By its very nature, the agenda of the Security Council includes many critical, complex, and disputed issues. We will bring careful judgement, our core values and our lived experience of overcoming conflict on our island to our work and to our decision-making on the Security Council.”

    The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Simon Coveney says: “The United Nations is at the heart of Irish foreign policy. Whether it is through our unbroken record of UN peacekeeping since 1958 or our leading roles in disarmament and non-proliferation, we know what can be achieved when countries work together. We take our seat on the Council at a very challenging time but we are determined to play our part to build the trust and political will necessary to achieve progress in even the most intractable conflicts.

    “Membership of the UN Security Council is an opportunity for Ireland to make a significant international contribution, to strengthen our relations with key partners, and to project our values on the global stage. It is in keeping with our long-standing tradition of an independent and principled foreign policy and support for the UN.”

    Ireland will serve as Presidency of the UN Council in September 2021.

    The press release also states: “Our engagement on the Council will be a Government-wide effort, informed too by the extensive expertise available within Irish civil society and academia.” So this appointment will have spillover opportunities and impacts beyond the Irish government. (And when is Ireland next taking on the role of the EU presidency?)

    Source: https://www.dfa.ie/news-and-media/press-releases/press-release-archive/2021/january/ireland-takes-up-seat-on-un-security-council-for-2021-2022-term.php

    A Scotland tied to the ‘union’ that is the UK – a UK whose majority differs in its political views and values from Scotland’s majority view – is simply and so severely limited in the contributions that it can make to the world.

    The evidence from Ireland – just like that other exemplar, Norway – brings this stiffing limitation on us all in Scotland – due to being held within the UK – into the sharpest focus!

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  4. https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/ireland-ranked-second-in-the-world-for-quality-of-life-beating-sweden-germany-and-uk-1.4440009

    Ireland is second only to Norway on a United Nations annual ranking of 189 countries measured according to average longevity, education and income.

    The measure puts Ireland ahead of countries including Germany (6), Sweden (7), Australia (8), and the UK (13), and is a stark improvement compared with when the country was assessed when the index was first drawn up in 1990.

    That year Ireland was outranked by Spain, Belgium, Italy, New Zealand, Germany, Finland, the UK, Denmark, France, Australia, Norway, Canada, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Sweden and Japan in the Human Development Report.

    Now Ireland is in the “very high” camp, ranked joint second with Switzerland and behind only Norway in the ranking.

    Overall Ireland’s Human Development score has increased 23.5 per cent since 1990, a much faster rate of improvement than comparable countries, according to the measure.


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