Inquiry into increased neonatal deaths in Scotland gets underway

Series of open letters to the chair of the expert group

reply received 28th April 2023

Thank you, Ros

Please be reassured that we do indeed have an open mind in regard to the Review outcomes.

Kind regards


Dr Helen Mactier

Honorary Senior Research Fellow within Medicine, University of Glasgow

email sent 27th April 2023

Dear Helen,

I wondered if you had seen this analysis of data from Public Health Scotland.  At face value, it certainly looks worrying – I am still hoping for confirmation that the inquiry will keep an open mind and will at least look at vaccination status of all mothers with a neonatal death.



Further letter sent 15th March:

Dear Dr Mactier,

I have received this rather anonymous reply on your behalf to my recent email which did not really answer our question to you. 

I presume the panel will at least review the previous documents to check that vaccination status was considered. Obviously no-one wants to duplicate work already done, but it has been clearly stated that vaccination was not reviewed because of concerns that this might increase vaccine hesitancy.  It would seem to be a total dereliction of duty to not even consider this new vaccine as a possible mechanism or contributory factor for the increased deaths and it should be relatively simple to address assuming that you will have access to the vaccination status with dates.

Once properly analysed, it would enable a prompt rebuttal of any anxieties or alternatively a suspension of vaccination in pregnancy, depending on the result of the investigation.

Yours sincerely,

Dr Ros Jones, retired consultant paediatrician

Reply received 14th March:

Dear Dr Jones

Thank you for your email and interest in the Review of Neonatal Mortality in Scotland.

The purpose of the review is to understand any contributing factors to the national increase in neonatal mortality. The review will assess and determine whether there are any themes, underlying causes or safety factors, from both a clinical and system perspective, and, if there are, should identify key learning points and make recommendations for improvements in the quality of care. The review is currently at an early stage.

The review will not duplicate any matters which are, or have been, the subject of other review, investigation or audit processes. In particular, it will not duplicate or carry out further reviews of individual neonatal deaths.

Kind Regards,

Neonatal Mortality Review Team

Healthcare Improvement Scotland

Letter sent 22nd February 2023

Dr Helen Mactier,

Chair, Neonatal Deaths Expert Review,

Dear Dr Mactier,

I am a retired neonatologist and was delighted to see that you are leading the review into the excess neonatal deaths in Scotland. 

The Herald Newspaper in announcing your appointment, is still stating: “Any link to Covid vaccines has been ruled out on the basis of international evidence demonstrating their safety in pregnancy, but PHS confirmed that it had not checked the vaccination status of any of the mothers affected.” 

It stressed that there was no public health basis to do so, and that such an analysis “whilst being uninformative for public health decision making, had the potential to be used to harm vaccine confidence”. 

I am confident you can be trusted to undertake a thorough investigation of all possible causes, without preconceptions. It would be negligent to rule out any link to vaccination without even asking the question and it should be very simple to look at vaccination status of all the mothers of babies who died and compare them to a matched pregnancy where the baby survived.  

I urge you to read the following letters, the first from Professor Richard Ennos to Professor Sarah Stock and the second addressed to the RCOG from a large number of concerned health professionals and academics.

In addition, this analysis of data released from Scotland found an increase in neonatal deaths if the mother had been vaccinated within the preceding 28 days

Clearly there are potential mechanisms for concern, especially re possible effects of spike protein on blood vessels and the known increase in clotting problems and in myocarditis associated with the vaccines.

The suggestion previously voiced that an investigation of any role of vaccines might increase ‘vaccine hesitancy’ is clearly a non-argument.  If the outcome of such an investigation showed no link to vaccination status, then surely that should reduce vaccine hesitancy. But if by any chance the vaccines do turn out to have a role in these deaths, then it would be negligent not to act upon such information.

Please can you assure me that vaccination status, including number of doses and time interval between vaccination and delivery, will be a definitive question in your investigation? In particular, the definition of ‘vaccinated’ must of course be from the date of the injection rather than as in many publications, where subjects are listed as ‘unvaccinated’ until 14 or 21 days post first or even second dose. Please read Professor Norman Fenton (Professor in Risk Information Management at Queen Mary University of London) on the statistical biases that have occurred.

With very best wishes

Dr Ros Jones, MBBS (Hons), DObstRCOG, MD, FRCPCH

Retired consultant paediatrician and neonatologist, convenor of Children’s Covid Vaccines Advisory Council

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