“New figures from the Office of National Statistics today show that the number of excess winter deaths exceeded 50,000 the highest on record since the winter of 1975/76. Over 15,000 of these deaths will be relatable directly to a cold home. The vast majority will have multiple hospital and GP visits behind them. The figures also worryingly show a doubling in the number of male deaths under 65.
Adam Scorer, Chief Executive of NEA commented:
“Today’s excess winter death figures should be a huge shock to the system. The cost in human suffering and lost lives is a tragedy. The cost to the NHS is significant and largely avoidable.
Predictable, preventable and shameful. We seem to have accepted excess winter deaths to be as much a part of winter as darker evenings.
On top of these preventable deaths we know that many millions more people will have suffered the preventable health impacts of living in a cold and damp home, as well as resorting to harmful coping strategies.
New evidence provided by frontline workers to NEA, has revealed the top 10 unsafe fuel poverty coping strategies being used to survive winter. The regular use of older, dangerous or un-serviced heating appliances is common place, despite being potentially fatal or leading to heightened risks for nearby neighbours as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning or in extreme situations, fires and explosions. The charity says many more people are going to bed early to keep warm and using candles to save on electricity. People struggling to heat their homes are also spending their days in heated spaces such as libraries, cafes or even A&E to avoid the cold.”
Some previous blog posts on the same subject.
The AGW Cult (financed by rich people who bribe scientists to tell lies) prefer that poor people pay a lot more for energy. All the while the rich people and their cult fly in private jets or business class all over the world.
If the rich feel guilty about being rich, why not a surtax on rich people? Why punish the poor and elderly?
“More than 60 per cent of elderly people will ration their heating this winter amid fears over high energy bills, according to a new survey.
““It’s a shocking fact that this winter, one older person could die every seven minutes from the cold. Yet with just under one million older people living in fuel poverty, many simply cannot afford to heat their homes to a temperature high enough to keep warm and well. We are calling for the government to commit to improving the energy efficiency of homes across the country in order to provide a long-lasting solution to the scandal of fuel poverty and preventable winter deaths.”
Dr Angie Bone of Public Health England said: “Cold does kill, even in places where the temperatures aren’t at their lowest.””
The lowest ever number of winter deaths was recorded last year, official figures for England and Wales show.
An estimated 18,200 excess winter deaths occurred in 2013-14, the lowest number since records began in 1950-51.
Last winter was notably warmer than in previous years and had a relatively mild flu season which contributed to the lower number of deaths.”