Nicola Sturgeon feels the heat as four in 10 Scots in hospital for ‘non-Covid illnesses’

1/8/2022 5:43:00 AM
Nicola Sturgeon feels the heat as four in 10 Scots in hospital for ‘non-Covid illnesses’

First Minister’s hardline restrictions questioned as government data show patients being treated primarily for other conditions

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🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 Four in 10 people in Scotland’s hospitals with Covid are being primarily treated for other conditions rather than being admitted because they require medical care for the virus

First Minister’s hardline restrictions questioned as government data show patients being treated primarily for other conditions

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Four in 10 people in Scotland’s hospitals with Covid are being primarily treated for other conditions rather than being admitted because they require medical care for the virus, according to government analysis., airs on Sky Comedy in the UK and CBS in the US.Victoria’s Covid case numbers have spiked as people logged positive rapid antigen tests for the first time.the bigger Tweed hospital near the border with Queensland.

A study by Public Health Scotland (PHS) found that only 60 per cent of acute hospital admissions in Scotland involving patients with Covid were determined to be “because of” the virus. This figure was a sharp reduction on the 68 per cent recorded in a previous PHS study covering March to August 2021, when the more virulent delta variant was the dominant strain. "I'm fully vaccinated, boosted and because of this am fortunate enough to say I feel completely fine. PHS said it was important to differentiate between patients who were admitted to hospital “because” they required treatment for Covid and those whose admission was “coincident” with testing positive.05 GMT Victoria has reported a massive jump in Covid cases, a day after launching its online system allowing people to self-report rapid antigen test results for the first time. The agency said that this was because “knowing this information can help signal whether population-level changes in public health measures may be warranted, such as a tightening or easing of restrictions”. Stay safe everyone. In another extraordinary finding that raised questions about Nicola Sturgeon’s restrictions, the study said that only one in 100 Scots who catch Covid require hospital care following the UK’s vaccination programme and the spread of omicron.” The NSW health department says its workforce across northern NSW had been “increased and upskilled, with more than 265 staff attending surge training in intensive care, emergency care and immunisation specialties to provide additional capacity if needed.

It found that the proportion of people who needed hospital care after getting the virus dropped from 12 per cent in January 2021 to one per cent in December." It is not known when the show will return though under US rules people with Covid-19 are required to isolate for five days. Saturday’s case numbers in Victoria are more than double Friday’s figure, but health authorities say almost half (26,428) the positive cases in the past 24 hours were RAT results, with many of those taken earlier in the week. When age was taken into account, the report said people were 12.5 times more likely to be admitted to hospital with Covid if they are unvaccinated than if they had received a booster or third vaccine dose. Nearly two-thirds of confirmed, probable or possible omicron cases (64 per cent) recorded since the start of November were found to have been contracted by the under-40s, who have lower vaccination levels. “The reported figure has certainly significantly spiked based on that week’s worth of unreported figures that we are now capturing in the system. Despite this, the study said there had been a 31 per cent increase in hospital admissions in Scotland in the week ending December 28, with the highest number involving patients aged over 80. While vaccination rates were improving, “we still have a lot of anti-vaxxers out in the community”.

The findings were based on an analysis of patient records at NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and NHS Grampian at the end of December and the beginning of January, with both health boards recording “reasonably similar” results. Changing tack over omicron spread They further increased the pressure on the First Minister over her hardline restrictions in Scotland after she admitted on Wednesday that she was rethinking her strategy for tackling Covid thanks to omicron’s increased transmissibility. It is expected the RAT reporting system will be able to handle more than 50,000 positive results a day – but the mostly self-administered tests have proved difficult to find in pharmacies and supermarkets. In a reversal that brings her approach more in line with England’s, she admitted that using restrictions to tackle the variant was less effective after figures showed that the proportion of Scots with the virus doubled from one in 40 to one in 20 over the festive period. This was similar to many areas of England, where no similar measures on social distancing, licensed premises and large events including football matches were introduced. The UK Government’s Covid dashboard on Friday showed that Scotland (2,079) had a higher case rate per 100,000 people over the previous week than England (1,787). It posted another 45,098 cases from regular lab tests and nine deaths on Saturday, while acknowledging the case numbers were likely an underestimate.” “If you’re going to remove your mask, you know, take everything off and then start again and you just don’t have time for it,” she said.

Dr Sandesh Gulhane, the Scottish Tories’ shadow health secretary, said that the PHS report had provided “a crucial missing piece of the puzzle through this pandemic” by disclosing four out of 10 Covid patients were not being treated primarily for the virus. He said: “This is a significant percentage, which could mean the difference between whether restrictions are lifted or increased when it comes to decision time for the Government.” Noting that the report covered only two of the largest health board areas, he added: “The SNP must commit to providing the full data, as soon as possible, so that we can make sure our Covid response remains balanced and proportionate in the months ahead.” However, Humza Yousaf, the SNP’s Health Secretary, said: “This analysis suggests that Covid-19 continues to increase the pressure on the NHS in Scotland – with the majority of Covid-19 patients admitted to hospital because of the infection and admissions continuing to affect a disproportionately greater number of older people.” Prof Jason Leitch, Scotland’s national clinical director, said that patients with Covid imposed an additional burden on the NHS whether they required treatment for the virus or another condition. “Staff are burning out and the standards of care are dropping,” the nurse said.

He said: “A failing transplant is much harder to manage if a patient has a positive Covid test, for example.” Prof Linda Bauld, a public health expert who advises the Scottish Government, noted that daily case numbers will become less relevant as positive lateral flow tests no longer need a PCR confirmation. However, the PHS research also disclosed that Scotland’s troubled Test and Protect contacting tracing system was failing to complete a growing proportion of cases. This means that attempts to reach the person who had tested positive had failed or they did not provide details of their contacts. Incomplete attempts made up 12. Topics.

4 per cent of cases in the week ending December 5, nearly trebling to 35.8 per cent in the week ending December 26. Even among the completed cases, more than a quarter took longer than three days. .