AN investigation has been launched into a spike in deaths among newborn babies in Scotland.
Official figures reveal that 21 infants died during September within 28 days of birth, causing the neonatal mortality rate to breach an upper warning threshold known as the ‘control limit’ for the first time in at least four years.
The neonatal mortality rate at 4.9 per 1 000 live births was significantly above average.https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/19726487.investigation-launched-abnormal-spike-newborn-baby-deaths-scotland/
So, what do we need to know?
Has there been a one month spike before and then a quick return to normality?
Just as the birth rate fluctuates from month to month, so, obviously, will the infant mortality rate.
Do we need to worry?
What is the average in Scotland? 3.2
What is the average elsewhere? England 3.9, Wales 3.5, Northern Ireland 4.2, USA 5.6, Germany 2.5, Norway 1.8.
Have things improved or worsened?
Commenting on these data on BBC 1 in February 2020 but ignored by BBC Scotland, Professor Danny Dorling:
‘England is getting to be more like a state of the United States. Scotland, interestingly, is moving towards being more like the Scandinavian countries which have incredibly good health outcomes.’
Is there any point to this story?