Investigation Into Unusual Spike in Newborn Baby Deaths in Scotland

5 months after the first investigation was promised.

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Health authorities in Scotland are set to launch an investigation after an “unusual” spike in deaths of newborn babies was recorded on two separate occasions.

We previously highlighted the spike in deaths back in May, when it was reported that an inquiry was set to be announced into the “very unusual” phenomenon, with the alarm being raised after 18 infants died within four weeks of birth in March.

That same control limit was also breached in September last year, when 21 neonatal deaths were reported, the first time this had occurred since records began.

Despite an “investigation” being promised nearly 6 months ago, one didn’t appear to take place, but the media is again reporting that the strange deaths will be scrutinized.

“The Scottish government has ordered the review of neonatal death rates after two spikes over a six-month period. Both increases were larger than what would normally be expected,” reports BBC News.

“The review will be carried out by Healthcare Improvement Scotland. It is expected to last six to nine months and cover all reported baby deaths between April 2021 and March 2022.”

The death rate for babies in Scotland under the age of 1 is at its highest level for a decade.

The Herald newspaper previously reported, “The neonatal mortality rate was 5.1 per 1,000 live births in September and 4.6 per 1,000 in March, against an average of 1.49 per 1000 in 2019.”

Health authorities have said that the deaths are not linked to COVID and could not be put down to chance.

Edinburgh University’s Dr. Sarah Stock previously said, “The numbers are really troubling,” but that the cause of the deaths remained a mystery.

Indeed, it remains a complete enigma as to what medical circumstances relating to pregnant women could have changed from 2021 onwards.

I have full confidence that our esteemed health authorities will totally get to the bottom of this without any possibility whatsoever of hiding the true cause.

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