Death toll of autism and learning disability patients revealed as FALLING

Helen McCardle, offers us the above data and writes:

FOURTEEN patients with autism or learning disabilities have died since 2015 while detained in psychiatric facilities in Scotland, figures reveal.  The statistics were released for the first time by Public Health Scotland (PHS) following a parliamentary question by Scottish Conservative MSP Alexander Burnett, who has campaigned to end the “national scandal” of otherwise healthy people being locked up for months or years due to a lack of community-based support.

No doubt Burnett was disappointed with the above data and, perhaps, took solace in a one-year increase at the end, but the trend is DOWN.

We all know a one-year change is not a trend, so to get a headline you ignore the trend and go for the total, as Alex Cole-Hamilton did in a Reporting Scotland story in January this year:

To identify a trend, you needs 3 or 4-year groups and compare them, like this

2015/2016-2019/2020 – 10 cases

2020/2021 to 2021/22 – 4 cases

Clear. It’s a falling trend. Things are improving.

One thought on “Death toll of autism and learning disability patients revealed as FALLING

  1. 1 in 20 people have additional needs

    Over 50,000 people in Scotland die each year.

    Thatcher ‘care in the community’. Prison.

    200 knife deaths in London S/E because of austerity.

    Life expectancy going down in the South. First time in forty years. 120,000 more premature deaths because of austerity.


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