The Herald’s front page headline, perhaps not for the first time, has ‘soared’ into the frankly unbelievable.
I’ll take the second part first, if I may. Mortality rate soars?
From the National Records of Scotland, last week:
28% of the 63,587 deaths registered last year were considered preventable or treatable, up from 27% in 2020. The rate of avoidable deaths in 2021 was 4% higher than the previous year. Half of the increase in the latest year is attributable to COVID-19 deaths which are considered preventable.https://www.nrscotland.gov.uk/news/2022/avoidable-deaths-increase-by-4-percent
So, 1% in the last year is soaring?
Note the last bit about Covid deaths?
The cumulative Covid death rate in Scotland, on November 11 2022, remained the same as 7 days before at 226 per 100 000 but the rate in England continued to climb from 302 per 100 000 (34% higher) to 305 per 100 000.
The gap, which has been widening since April 2022, has now grown to 35%.
The explanations will be complex but given Scotland’s lower life expectancy level and problems with alcohol and drugs, must be attributed, at least in part, to more effective health care, government.
So, again, not so much soaring as flatlining?
As for cancer deaths falling, yes, but a mystery? Maybe not. See: