This is the latest in a series of Freedom of Information-based studies of Covid deaths in Scottish regions by the same author.
One of the fourteen health boards within NHS Scotland is NHS Borders, which provides healthcare services for the council area of the Scottish Borders and covers around 110,000 people. The NHS Borders head office is located in Melrose, and Borders General Hospital (known locally as the BGH) is the main hospital serving this region, one of the largest in area of Scotland’s 32 councils.
Impact of ‘the virus’ in 2020—Christmas disruption
The Chief Executive of NHS Borders, Ralph Roberts, is on record having said the following:
While I fully understand the disappointment many of us will feel having our Christmas plans disrupted, I would urge everyone to seriously consider how they can reduce their risk of catching Covid–19 in the run up to Christmas and on Christmas Day itself.
He went on to say, regarding the imposition of the most stringent tier of lockdown by the Scottish Government as soon as the Christmas public holiday had ended (emphasis added):
NHS Borders is asking people to fully comply with the new restrictions within Level 4 that will be in place from one minute past midnight on Boxing Day. This will be essential if we are to continue to protect our loved ones and also if we are to ensure that the health service is not overwhelmed.
2020 hospital admissions—a third below normal
As you can see below, the health service of NHS Borders in 2020 was at no stage even close to being “overwhelmed”. When the Chief Executive made those statements in late December, hospital admissions were 34% below average, and specific attendance at Accident & Emergency departments in the region was 28% below average.
Councillor Shona Haslam, Leader of Scottish Borders Council, said at the same time:
It is exceptionally important that everyone plays their part to minimise the spread of this highly infectious virus.
Why no reports of the good news?
Despite these statements, the stunning reality was that there had been almost no deaths directly from ‘Covid–19’ in 2020 at any NHS Borders hospital, and—crucially—no hospital in the Scottish Borders has recorded a single death from the virus since at least January 2022.
NHS Borders Covid versus non-Covid mortality
Even the number of deaths where ‘Covid’ was, in the more generous definition, registered as an underlying cause in patients with serious pre-existing co-morbidities was extremely low in comparison to non-Covid causes of death in the region from 2020 to 2023. This prompts the question: why wasn’t Councillor Haslam concerned about the non-Covid deaths, if they were likely to be killing more of her constituents?
No Covid deaths under 45
As we can see below, ‘Covid–19’ as the registered underlying cause of death at all NHS Borders hospitals occured only in age groups above 45 for the whole three years of ‘the pandemic’, and the vast majority of these occurred at Borders General Hospital.
All other hospitals in the area had such small numbers of ‘Covid–19’ deaths recorded that they were unable to release the accurate figures due to privacy regulations.
‘Vaccine’ efficacy on the death rate seems negative
No mortality benefit is apparent from the mass ‘vaccination’ campaign in comparison to 2020 (the first Covid injection in the United Kingdom was administered on 8 December 2020), as there were 22.5% more ‘Covid–19’ deaths in 2021—this after 12 million inoculations of the 5½ million population of Scotland. It was in the year 2022 that the highest number of elderly Scots in the 75+ age bracket (the age cohort deemed most at risk) died during the Covid ‘pandemic’, despite their having received in most cases several—up to six or possibly more—doses of the novel mRNA jabs (better described as modified RNA).
Interestingly, NHS Borders actually achieved the highest Covid–19 ‘vaccination’ uptake in Scotland for those aged over 75, for care home residents and for those with weakened immune systems—the three demographics who were deemed most at risk.
Now that the same phenomenon has been seen in a great deal of health board data, it has become very apparent that the death toll from ‘the virus’, as well as ‘other causes’, only increased after the rollout of the experimental Covid–19 injections. Another illustration of this is that in the current year, 2023, there are still many ‘Covid–19’ deaths (in the sense of dying with Covid–19) occurring at Borders General Hospital even after the population is fully ‘vaccinated’, which is salient when compared to the 2020 situation without any ‘vaccines’.
Record Covid ’cases’ with ‘vaccines’
As soon as the first couple of weeks of the Covid–19 ‘vaccination’ programme in Scotland, around Christmas 2020, the mainstream media were already reporting a record number of Covid–19 patients arriving at Borders hospitals:
The health board is urging residents to 'stay at home' after cases of coronavirus continue to surge across the area.
At the time, overall hospital admissions remained well below normal levels, as the next graph below illustrates.
Official chaos continues into the second vaccination year
In high summer 2022, it was reported that Borders General Hospital had cancelled routine operations because its staff were facing "extreme pressures". The chief executive of NHS Borders, Ralph Roberts, said:
Our beds are fully occupied and our Emergency Department is exceptionally busy, with a number of people requiring admission.
However, just as we saw above with statements made in 2020, Accident & Emergency department attendance levels at that time were not unusual and were 13% below average. Overall admissions to hospital in the Borders were 27% below average.
What about Borders care homes 2020–2021?
The official care home data for the region (which was only ever updated until May 2021 and not for the remaining two years of the alleged pandemic) shows that most Borders care homes had fewer than five ‘Covid’ deaths in the first 18 months of ‘the pandemic’, when ‘the virus’ was by wide acknowledgement at its most dangerous.
All-cause mortality data shows no pandemic in the Borders
Despite the repeated hysterical statements by the officials and the mainstream media—in this corner of Scotland as further afield—the real-world data was far more positive, yet never reported. Deaths from all causes at Borders General Hospital in 2020 were 13% below average. All hospitals within this health board area had suffered many more deaths in numerous recent years prior to ‘the pandemic’. There was also negligible impact of ‘the virus’ within Borders care homes. These unarguable facts are unmistakably light years away from the version of reality propagated by politicians and the mainstream media.
Funeral data—a final nail in the (empty) coffin for pandemic claims
One can only conclude from this data there was no unusually powerful pathogen circulating in the Scottish Borders in 2020 and beyond. To claim otherwise, based on the National Health Service facts presented above, would be delusional. As is now well known, lockdowns kill people.
As in my last article on the equivalent data for NHS Ayrshire & Arran, I end with a source of data independent of the health system: funerals, specifically burials, registered by the local council covering the Borders.
Therefore, one has to wonder: if the Scottish Government had not placed any restrictions on the population in 2020, would the year have passed as any other normal year, with even fewer overall deaths and harm than actually was the case? This was the conclusion reached by prominent researcher Dr Denis Rancourt when analysing Canadian mortality data.
My studies for UK Column will continue with several more Scottish regions.