The Herald and STV have been fed this by Scottish Labour.
Two deaths at the New Southern General hospital (QEUH) have been ‘linked’ to ‘staffing issues’.
In August 2022, 5 835 patients died. The number predicted was 1 679 and so the mortality rate was 4.9%. QEUH has one of the lower mortality rates in Scotland, 27th out of 32 and well below the highest level of 6.04%.
All of Scotland’s hospitals, regardless of current vacancies, continue to be within the expected range of mortality and one has a significantly lower (better) -than-expected rate (Western General).
The Scottish average mortality rate is 4.6 with Glasgow hospitals at 4.2 and around 460 fewer deaths than predicted.
The situation in England is in sharp contrast, suggesting far great extremes:
Note the large number of trusts where the death rate is higher than predicted. This is failure.
Notably, the trust with the worst mortality rate, with 505 more deaths than predicted, is Norfolk and Norwich in which the Norfolk constituency of Liz Truss sits.