Largest Increase in the Death Rates in England and Wales for Decades? (BBC News / HSJ)


Professor Dominic Harrison (Director of Public Health for Blackburn and Darwen and adviser to Public Health England) has reported an unusually high increase in the number of deaths in England and Wales, with 5.6% more deaths during 2015 than in the previous year.

Speculation as to the possible cause(s) appears to point in the direction of cuts in local authority social care budgets; which may have impaired the availability of routine preventative social care services, such as would have previously supplied regular contact and support for elderly and vulnerable people.

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Mundasad, S. (2016). Large ‘jump in deaths’ expert warns. London: BBC Health News, February 16th 2016.

This relates to:

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West, D. (2016). Exclusive: Rocketing death rate provokes calls for national investigation. Health Service Journal (HSJ), February 15th 2015.

There is also a recent Public Health England (PHE) report on recent trends in life expectancy among people aged 65 and over in England.

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