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Total deaths in Scottish hospitals: FOI release

Published: 13 Jan 2021

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002

13 Jan 2021
Total deaths in Scottish hospitals: FOI release
FOI reference: FOI/202000106374
Date received: 2 Nov 2020
Date responded: 25 Nov 2020
Information requested

You asked for the total deaths in Scottish hospitals for the previous 5 years from the year 2015 up until the end of October 2020.


The total number of deaths in Scottish hospitals for the following years is:
2015: 30,000
2016: 28,412
2017: 28,610
2018: 28,458
2019: 27,652
2020 (registered by 1 November 2020): 22,631

National Records of Scotland (NRS) publish weekly deaths in hospital for 2015-2019 at the link below.

The figures have been sourced from a spreadsheet here for 2015-2019 (Deaths by week and location 2015-2019) and for 2020 from their latest weekly publication on deaths involving coronavirus.

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