Baby scare story!

In the Herald today:

AN INVESTIGATION has been launched into a “very unusual” spike in deaths among newborn babies in Scotland for the second time in just six months.

The alarm was raised after 18 infants died within four weeks of birth in March, causing the mortality rate to breach an upper warning threshold known as the ‘control limit’ which signals a potential problem.

In particular we read for late 2021 and early 2022:

In July 2020, we read:

for this data:

Note that in 2017 when there was no pandemic, it twice reached more than 6 per 1000, approached 6 in 2020 with monthly fluctuation. These turned out not to be spikes revealing anything because monthly data like the above and based on very low levels, do not reveal a trend worth reporting.

Now, we have two months in late 2021 and early 2022, separated by 5 months of lower figures and McCardle offers the Herald another unsubstantiated scare story to headline.

The report, of course does not tell us that stillbirth in England and Wales was 55% higher, in 2020, than in Scotland:

or that Scotland has twice as many health visitors pro rata to help keep that level down:

Herald keeps standards of journalism down.

4 thoughts on “Baby scare story!

  1. These right wing rags should just rename themselves, basket case Scotland, or maybe just SNP bad. The shop shelves are usually awash with the daily rags emblazoned with lies, when I toddle out to get my messages late evening, nobody buys them. There needs to be an investigation into whether they should be banned, they are a huge waste of paper, tree killing, and wrecking the planet with big machinery to print their lies.

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  2. The day cannot come quickly enough when it will be unnecessary for us to compare our statistics with those of our neighbours. For us just to get on with our day-to-day slog without all the oneupmanship prevalent today will be a great relief. The only thing we will have to worry us is how we can make Scotland a better place for us. Period! To compare ourselves favourably with small independent countries in Europe is something we can aspire to.

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