The death rate from December 2015 to March 2016 was down from the previous year, according to National Records of Scotland (NRS) statistics. In total, 20,503 deaths were registered in the four months compared with 22,013 in 2014/2015.The 2014/2015 figures represented the highest winter death rate in 15 years. NRS chief executive, Tim Ellis, said: “There are always more deaths in the winter in Scotland than in any other season.” The seasonal increase in winter deaths for 2015/16 was smaller than in most of the 64 previous winters, but exceeded the level seen in eight of the previous 10 winters.
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