How could this be??
Something troubling is happening in Scotland. At least 21 babies under four weeks old died in September, a rate of 4.9 per 1,000 births. The former average was 2.1 deaths per 1,000 births. The nationalized health service tracks records, because everyone is on the same system; that’s why when an internal alarm is triggered by the data as it rolls in, they stop and look immediately...
That 4.9 rate slammed through the 'upper control limit'; the Scots government suggests 'factors beyond random variation' are at play.
Mosquitoes? Extra rain? Poisoned haggis?
UPDATE: Then there's the ectopic pregnancy problem......
Women are choosing home birth at a higher rate to. Better than being in a hospital for healthy low risk women.
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