In terms of the total number of cases of Covid 19 in hospital, pro rata, the situation in Scotland remains pretty similar to that in Wales and Northern Ireland and only around 20% lower than in England (below), but in ICU, the contrasts (above) are stark.
All things being equal, England should have around 50 in ICU but actually has more than 4 times that and Wales, with only three-fifths the population, tends to have many more ICU cases than Scotland.
All things are clearly not equal and the reasons are worthy, surely, of a BBC Scotland Disclosure investigation into them. They could investigate factors such as NHS Scotland’s higher staffing and bed supply numbers or that no Scottish hospital has received an unsatisfactory grading after inspection, while 6 in England have. Also, Scotland has vaccinated more of the population and did, especially and more quickly, care home residents and all staff. They could look at compliance rates on mask wearing or isolation and the relationship of that with political messaging.
Remember, this is despite Scotland having lower general health outcomes than England.
Question for Helen McCardle at the Herald or Lisa Summers at Reporting Scotland Down – Is NHS Scotland far more effective than you’re giving it credit for?