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.https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/20145645.death-toll-autism-learning-disability-patients-revealed/
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.