There is still time to share your views on excess deaths which have occurred in Scotland during the coronavirus Covid19 pandemic.
The Scottish Parliament’s COVID-19 Recovery Committee is holding an inquiry into the cause of excess deaths in Scotland since the start of the pandemic.
The closing date if you wish to contribute is: 07 January 2022
Link to further information: Excess deaths in Scotland since the start of the pandemic
Since the start of the outbreak (correct as to 4th January 2021):
- 9,858 people have died who have tested positive as at 31 December
- 12,372 deaths have been registered in Scotland where COVID-19 was mentioned on the death certificate up to 19 December
- 29% of COVID-19 registered deaths related to deaths in care homes, 64% were in hospitals and 7% were at home or non-institutional settings (as at 19 December)
From 13th of December to 19th December 2021 NRS reports:
There were 102 excess deaths at home or in non-institutional settings (32% above average), 47 more deaths in hospitals (8% above average) and 47 fewer deaths in care homes (15% below average) compared to the 2015-2019 average.
There were 48 fewer deaths from cancer, 20 more deaths from circulatory causes and 12 more deaths from dementia/Alzheimer’s last week compared to average levels.
Deaths from respiratory causes (-33) were below average. There were 101 excess deaths from other causes. The number of deaths where COVID-19 was the underlying cause was 52.
You can find more detailed information here from the National Records of Scotland: Deaths involving coronavirus (COVID-19) in Scotland
The key questions the committee wishes to focus on are:
- Has the public health emergency shifted from COVID-19 deaths to deaths from non-COVID-19 conditions?
- Is there evidence that patients are now presenting in a more acute condition?
- What accounts for the deaths from non-COVID-19 conditions?
- Is there enough of a strategic focus on the indirect health impacts of the pandemic?
- What are the realistic options open to the government in addressing the indirect health impact of the virus in winter 2021/22?
How to submit your views
Please submit your views using the online submission form.
We welcome written views in English, Gaelic, Scots or any other language.
Link: Submit your views