General Article UK has highest health worker COVID deaths in Europe and third highest worldwide

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Stephen Colegrave investigates why Medscape indicates the UK has had so many more health worker deaths than elsewhere.

By Stephen Colegrave

The Medscape memorial figures for COVID-19 deaths provides a poignant insight into the magnitude of health worker deaths compared to the rest of the world. The gap between the UK’s number of deaths compared with any other European country has increased since Byline Times looked at these figures last year. The only other two countries anywhere near Britain’s high levels of health worker deaths are Italy and Spain with 28% and 46% fewer deaths respectively.

When size of population is taken into account, the UK has the third highest death rate worldwide with nearly three times as many health worker deaths in comparison than the USA, even though most of these were on Trump’s watch. Only El Salvador and Mexico have worse figures.

The UK’s appalling figures are an indictment of the Government’s failure to provide adequate personal protective (PPE) clo...

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