Scotland’s stillbirths and infant death among lowest in Europe, to disappoint ‘our’ media

BBC Scotland and the rest of ‘our’ media have an ongoing obsession with supposed spikes in new-born baby deaths.

Three times in the last year, they have announced probes into these. Nothing has come of any of them.

Stillbirth and infant death figures are stark evidence of the quality of governance and associated public services in any country.

Our media have not shown any interest in putting Scotland’s record into the kind of context they have loved with drug deaths, but for which the data are easily accessed.

From the above, you can see that Scotland had 3.5 stillbirths and 3.3 infant deaths per 1000 live and stillbirths in 2019.

The UK figures were 4 and 3.9. These small percentage variations conceal quite large numbers. For example, were the UK stillbirth ratio to be the same as that in Scotland, their 6 072 live births could have seen a reduction of 31, to 212 stillbirths, from 243 (4%). Add to those 31 a similar number of infant deaths prevented.

There was a time when Scotland aspired to Scandinavian levels of stillbirth and infant death. Note that Denmark has higher infant deaths and Sweden has higher stillbirths.

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3 thoughts on “Scotland’s stillbirths and infant death among lowest in Europe, to disappoint ‘our’ media

  1. WHO wants to place a bet THATBALL ENGLISH FUNDED MEDIA IN SCOTLAND

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  2. UK rates are quoted, with Scotland rates as separate. Is England, yet again, hiding within
    a more favourable rate, massaged upwards by Scottish results?
    Btw, what on earth is happening in France, with a stillbirth rate of 10.4?

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