The change to monthly reporting of COVID-19 Deaths

J Grove made this Freedom of Information request to National Records of Scotland

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Dear National Records of Scotland,

The website of the National Records of Scotland (NTS) has recently shown that the reporting of COVID-19 will change from weekly to monthly. This change has occurred around the same time that the First Minister of Scotland (Nicola Sturgeon), in a daily update reported on BBC Radio Scotland, announced the increase in “cases” and said that “as sure as night follows day" there would be more COVID-19 deaths. Given the interest the educated public will take in the phase difference between the rise in “cases” and the rise in “deaths associated with COVID-19 (i.e. the so called “second wave”) then the move to monthly mortality reporting by the NRS is hard to understand.

What is the recorded date (on NRS systems) when the decision was made to report monthly mortality statistics for “deaths associated with COVID-19" rather than weekly statistics?

Yours faithfully,

J Grove

National Records of Scotland

Dear J Grove

 

Thank you for your request dated 27 September 2020 under the Freedom of
Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA) requesting the recorded date (on
NRS systems) when the decision was made to report monthly mortality
statistics for “deaths associated with COVID-19" rather than weekly
statistics.

 

We received your request on 28 September 2020 and will respond in
accordance with FOISA by 26 October 2020.

 

If you have any queries, please contact the NRS FOI Team quoting case
number 202000091955.

 

 

NRS FOI Team

28 September 2020

 

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Dear J Grove,

 

Please find attached the response from National Records of Scotland to
your recent Freedom of Information request.

 

Regards,

 

NRS FOI Team

23 October 2020

 

 

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reporting of COVID-19 Deaths - NRS acknowledgement - 28 September 2020

 

Dear J Grove

 

Thank you for your request dated 27 September 2020 under the Freedom of
Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA) requesting the recorded date (on
NRS systems) when the decision was made to report monthly mortality
statistics for “deaths associated with COVID-19" rather than weekly
statistics.

 

We received your request on 28 September 2020 and will respond in
accordance with FOISA by 26 October 2020.

 

If you have any queries, please contact the NRS FOI Team quoting case
number 202000091955.

 

 

NRS FOI Team

28 September 2020

 

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Dear National Records of Scotland,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of National Records of Scotland's handling of my FOI request 'The change to monthly reporting of COVID-19 Deaths'.

The response provided by Tim Ellis and the team at NRS is enlightening and appreciated. There may be a misinterpretation of the nuance of the question asked and the information required.

The question asked was the date when the decision was recorded that weekly COVID-19 death data would not be reported by the non-ministerial (and thus hopefully independent) department of the National Records of Scotland.

Clearly the propaganda and management of public fear associated with the “casedemic” that is COVID-19 was sequestered by the Scottish Government in the middle of September and the NRS were instructed and/or coerced and/or politely asked to take a step back and let the Scottish Government deal with the mortality (or lack of mortality) communications.

The question still remains what is the recorded date recorded on the NRS systems when this decision as made, which is the information that is requested. If this date is not provided then it can be presumed that this FOISA 2002 request has been refused because this date must be recorded on the NRS systems.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/t...

Yours faithfully,

J Grove

National Records of Scotland

Dear J Grove,

Thank you for your correspondence dated 25 October 2020 requesting a review of our response to your FOI request 202000091955. Under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA) you asked for the date recorded when the decision was made that COVID-19 death reports produced by NRS would no longer be published on a weekly basis.

I have been asked by Paul Lowe, Chief Executive of National Records of Scotland, to carry out the review of the response to your FOI request because I was not involved in the handling your original request.

We received your review request on 26 October 2020 and I will respond in accordance with FOISA by 23 November 2020.

If you have any queries, please contact me quoting case number 202000103086.

Sandy Taylor
Statistician
27 October 2020

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Dear J Grove,

Please find attached the response from National Records of Scotland to your recent Freedom of Information Review request.

Regards,

NRS FOI Team
20 November 2020

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Dear National Records of Scotland,

Thanks NRS for responding to the Internal Review with the additional information.

The complexity of communications with "higher authorities" is evident within the information that has been provided.

On ongoing provision of weekly mean, median and mode ages of death (by FOIs) is greatly appreciated in understanding the nature of the "second wave".

Yours faithfully,

J Grove