Population - about 500,000
On December 17th 2020 I sent a request for information (under the FOI act) to the NHS trust that covers these areas.
One question I asked - How many people have died from just Covid, for the period from March 2020 to the end of November 2020. I asked if it could be proven with evidence, for example - a post mortem. The reply came back. The answer to that question is -
LESS THAN 10 DEATHS IN NORTH STAFFORDSHIRE
They will not supply the exact figure as they say it is too low and could lead to the identification of the persons concerned.
Also - the date on the letter is 11th January. I received the email of the letter on 11th February.
But... the hospitals have to report cases to the ONS (Office for National Statistics - see below). The 2 local hospitals reported less than 100 cases for the year.
<100 cases reported to ONS
697 Deaths with Covid included
< 10 Deaths from Covid with evidence
THE NUMBERS DO NOT MAKE SENSE
CAN ANYONE EXPLAIN THIS?
The headline in the Sentinel (our local newspaper) in December 2020 -
Around 2,000 patients discharged from Royal Stoke after beating Covid
And we have our amazing NHS staff to thank for that."
Something rather strange....
HOW CAN 2000 CASES BE DISCHARGED WHEN THE DOCTORS HAVE REPORTED ONLY 61?
SUSPECTED COVID CASES HAVE TO BE REPORTED BY MEDICAL PRACTITIONERS
SUSPECTED LOCAL CASES FOR 2 HOSPITALS:
(STOKE-ON-TRENT AND NEWCASTLE UNDER LYME):
THE WEBSITE STATES –
“Registered medical practitioners in England and Wales have a statutory duty to notify a proper officer of the local authority, often the CCDC (consultant in communicable disease control), of suspected cases of certain infectious diseases.
These weekly reports analyse the number of SUSPECTED cases of notifiable illnesses in England and Wales in 2020”