Re: We Could, But Should We?
"Could we please have a citation for that"
Sorry, but as I did mention, I can't find any of the articles that dealt with it, because I didn't save or bookmark them a year ago.
However, had you asked me a year ago when I first drew attention to this, then the answer would have been yes.
From memory the direct deaths included heart attack and stroke type events, where the deceased followed government advice to stay at home- protect the NHS, and refused to call for an ambulance, which as a result was only called once they actually dropped down dead and their family ended up calling.
The predicted deaths are due for example due to the cancellation of cancer screening, again, from memory.
This one I did save a relevant link for (only for Scotland, mind):
Ok, that's that the screening was cancelled, not the predicted death toll as a result, but it's also from March 2020, so before the prediction of lock-down induced deaths was made.
There have been more-or-less continuous concerns expressed by mental health professions over the last 18 months about how lock-down is having a negative effect on those suffering with mental illness, and the likelihood of increased suicide numbers.
You may be correct that some deaths occurred due to unavailability of beds due to their being used by Covid patients. However, this would have been a highly newsworthy story. Had it happened, I think we would all know it / remember it (it is the sort of thing that opposition politicians would - rightly - be banging on about for ever more).
From memory, one hospital in North London did call an emergency 'we're full' type alert, which saw incoming patients diverted to neighbouring hospitals for a few days. That got quite a lot of publicity at the time, despite no patient actually suffering.
So in summary - no I cannot provide the citation, because it was >1 year ago and I didn't bookmark it, but yes their are clear and credible mechanisms that show how lock down can cause deaths.