Cole-Hamilton: Winter mortality spike must teach lasting lessons

Responding to new statistics showing a rise in the number of winter deaths to 23,137 in 2017/18, the highest level since 1999/2000, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

"While our NHS staff have done fantastic work in ensuring that the long term winter mortality rate is in decline, last year's steep rise in winter deaths is a cause for concern.

"There are staff shortages across health and social care and this is clearly having an impact.

"The Health Secretary must set out what lessons have been learned from these tragic deaths and what changes have been made to ensure that our NHS is ready for another cold winter."

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