Inquiry into excess deaths in Scotland since the start of the pandemic – our response

A graph of cumulative excess deaths in Scotland, 2020 and 2021
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The Scottish Government undertook an inquiry on excess deaths since the start of the pandemic.

The inquiry closed on 10 January. The questions were:

  1. Has the public health emergency shifted from COVID-19 deaths to deaths from non-COVID-19 conditions?
  2. Is there evidence that patients are now presenting in a more acute condition?
  3. What accounts for the deaths from non-COVID-19 conditions?
  4. Is there enough of a strategic focus on the indirect health impacts of the pandemic?
  5. What are the realistic options open to the government in addressing the indirect health impact of the virus in winter 2021/22?

Our response (with supporting images, which sadly couldn’t be uploaded to the inquiry web page) is in the PDF file shared below.

Inquiry into excess deaths in Scotland since the start of the pandemic – a response from Inform Scotland

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