Age Scotland calls for investigation into excess deaths

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It comes after figures showed a steep rise in deaths from dementia and diabetes

9th September 2020 by Gavin Stuart 1 Comment

A charity is calling for an investigation after figures showed a steep rise in excess deaths from dementia and diabetes during lockdown.

The figures, from National Records of Scotland (NRS) showed that the number of deaths from dementia rose by 24.5% between April and June.

Deaths from diabetes increased by 26.2% over this time, while those from diseases of the genitourinary system went up by 22.5%.

Deaths from Covid-19 accounted for 83% of the 4515 excess deaths compared to the five year average for this quarter.

Older person’s charity Age Scotland called the figures “extremely concerning” and is calling on ministers to open an investigation into whether the removal of social care packages or reduced access to medical care contributed to the rise in deaths. 

Brian Sloan, the charity’s chief executive, said: “These figures are extremely concerning, and there is a clear need for further investigation. Not only have older people borne the brunt of the health impact from coronavirus, but they have also been at greater risk of death from other causes, such as dementia and diabetes.

“While it’s hard to speculate on the reasons, it’s likely there is a link to the pandemic. We know that health and social services were under a huge strain during these months, and many people were reluctant or unable to seek medical assistance.

“We’re also very concerned that the wholesale removal of social care packages for recipients across Scotland in late March could have had a significant impact on many people’s health and wellbeing.”

Sloan warned that the figures might only be the tip of the iceberg, as delays to cancer referrals and screening could have “very serious consequences” in the coming months and years.  

He added: “Each of these deaths is a devastating loss for their family and friends. We urgently need to look at the reasons for these excess deaths and ensure that every person is able to access the health and social care they need. As we go into winter, we need to ensure that the NHS and social care providers have the resources and support they need.”

11th September 2020 by ROBERT MCINTOSH

Yet another 'charity' that loves to use stats to their own end. Just how many excess deaths were caused by family & friends withdrawing support, how many caused by constant doom and gloom from the mass media and the BBC, how many caused by the lies and fraud of the UK Gov. - all these can have an impact on peoples' health and the 'will to live'. The other side of the coin is what would you sy if thousands of social workers, carers, support workers were killed by Covid because they carried on as usual? So easy for some folk sitting in their ivory towers happily raking in multi thousands a year from donations for their salary and expenses - when did they last do a few weeks at the coal face?