NHS and social care cuts could have caused 30,000 EXCESS DEATHS experts claim : Express.

FAILINGS in the NHS and “excess deaths” in the tens of thousands could be attributed to austerity measures, a new research paper suggested.

The study suggested a staggering 30,000 excess deaths could be implicated in slashed and social care budgets.

An “unprecedented” spike in mortality rates across England and Wales in 2015 sparked the need for investigation.

The researchers from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of Oxford and Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council said that 2015 saw the largest rise in mortality rates in 50 years.

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A new research paper suggested 30,000 deaths were caused by NHS budget cuts

In their paper they wrote: “The long-term decline in mortality in England and Wales has reversed, with approximately 30,000 extra deaths compared to what would be expected if the average age-specific death rates in 2006 to 2014.

The teams looked at hospital waiting times, ambulance call out times, and cancelled operations to determine the deadly statistics.

The experts ruled out data errors, cold weather, and flu as potential causes for the lethal spike, concluding that the problems pointed towards failures in healthcare.

They stated: “The evidence points to a major failure of the health system, possibly exacerbated by failings in social care”.

“Our findings should be seen in the context of the worsening financial situation of the

“Since the 2010 election, the impact of cuts resulting from the imposition of austerity on the NHS has been profound.

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7 thoughts on “NHS and social care cuts could have caused 30,000 EXCESS DEATHS experts claim : Express.

  1. To these figures we must add the number of people who have died after being found fit for work and those who have taken their own lives as a result of these so called welfare reforms.
    Sadly another tragic story this morning of a lady who took her own life just two days after being informed that her appeal had failed…

    “The body of Susan Margaret Roberts (pictured) was discovered by a care worker at her warden-assisted flat near Tunbridge Wells, Kent, surrounded by letters telling her that she would not be entitled to the government’s new personal independence payment (PIP).

    The long-term claimant of disability living allowance (DLA) had also placed a “do not resuscitate” (DNR) note by her side.”
    Read More…
    http://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/pip-investigation-woman-took-her-own-life-two-days-after-learning-of-failed-pip-appeal/

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  2. People are dying at the hands of austerity, says Jeremy Corbyn.
    Labour leader blames social crisis on ‘disgraceful neglect’ of government as crucial Stoke and Copeland byelections approach.
    The Labour leader blamed ministers for an “emergency” in local services and a social care crisis caused by “disgraceful neglect” as he urged voters in Copeland and Stoke-on-Trent to “send a message” to Theresa May on 23 February that they had had enough of cuts.
    In a speech to Labour councillors at Warwick University, Corbyn said: “We have a state of emergency in our social care system and the worst crisis in the history of our NHS.”
    He added that the situation in social care was an “absolute scandal that leaves 1.2 million elderly people without the care they need”.

    Read More…
    https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/feb/18/people-are-dying-at-the-hands-of-austerity-says-jeremy-corbyn

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