There were 57 883 deaths registered in 2017, 1,155 (2%) more than in 2016. Despite this increase in demand, NHS Scotland and community care services still managed to increase the number of days spent in the home or community setting, preferred by most patients and families.
For those who died in 2017/18, 87.9% of their last six months, up from 85.35% in 2010/11, was spent either at home or in a community setting, giving easier access for family members.
So, despite a massive 43% overall increase in demand, since 2013 and a 2% increase specifically in demand for end of life home and community care, placed upon NHS Scotland, there was still a 2.6% improvement in the service.
I await sight of praise from the Loyalist parties.