Figures from the Office for National Statistics indicate that there were an estimated 43,900 excess deaths in England and Wales during the Winter of 2014/15. This was not a particularly cold Winter. Most of the excess Winter mortality involved people aged over 75, and the flu virus was a major factor.
Mundasad, S. (2015). Winter deaths ‘highest since 1999’. London: BBC Health News, November 25th 2015.
This relates to:
Excess Winter Mortality in England and Wales – 2014/15 (Provisional) and 2013/14 (Final). London: Office for National Statistics, November 25th 2015.
Health Inequalities Update: August 2018
“The Office for National Statistics data for England shows a ‘statistically significant increase’ in the death rate in the first quarter of 2018 and the highest for that period since 2009”.
Pym, H. (2018). Why did more people die in depths of last winter? London: BBC Health News, August 1st 2018.