As angry demonstrators take to the streets to highlight the effects of cuts to vital services across the county research has highlighted how the Conservative government’s health policy is now lead to a significant increase in in mortality rates. (17th Feb 2017)
An unprecedented rise in mortality in England and Wales, where 30,000 excess deaths occurred in 2015, is likely to be linked to cuts to the NHS and social care, according to research which has drawn an angry response from the government.
The highly charged claim is made by researchers from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Oxford University and Blackburn with Darwen council, who say the increase in mortality took place against a backdrop of “severe cuts” to the NHS and social care, compromising their performance.
(The report can be accessed here: Why has mortality in England and Wales been increasing? An iterative demographic analysis.)
The Department of Health (DH) responded by accusing the authors of the paper and accompanying commentary, published in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine on Thursday, of “bias”.
Read more here: http://www.dorseteye.com/north/articles/conservative-government-s-health-cuts-see-dramatic-rise-in-deaths
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Theresa May under pressure as doctors urge funding U-turn and cross-party alliance warns millions of people are at risk.
Theresa May is under intense pressure from senior doctors and a powerful cross-party alliance of politicians to avert a collapse in care for the elderly, as shocking new figures show the system close to meltdown.
The medical profession, together with Tory, Labour and Liberal Democrat leaders in local government, have demanded a funding U-turn, warning that the safety of millions of elderly people is at risk because of an acute financial crisis completely overlooked in chancellor Philip Hammond’s autumn statement.
read more here: http://www.welfareweekly.com/care-for-elderly-close-to-collapse-across-uk-as-council-funding-runs-out/
Office of National Statistics releases official report
Figures released this morning have revealed that the numbers of Excess Winter Deaths in 2015/16 are still at a shockingly high level. The Office of National Statistics (ONS) has today revealed that there were 24,300 reported incidents last winter, with those aged 64 and below affected more than in previous years.
The news comes as the Chancellor prepares to give his Autumn Statement this afternoon where he is expected to announce measures to support those who are ‘Just About Managing’, dubbed by the Government as JAMs.
The report shows that the problem was highest in Wales with respiratory diseases proving to be the underlying cause of death in more than a third of cases.
read more here: https://www.turn2us.org.uk/About-Us/News/Figures-reveal-shocking-levels-of-winter-deaths