Researchers have called for an urgent investigation to find an explanation for more than 20,000 ‘additional deaths’ so far this year, amid severe pressure on the NHS.
Figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that in the first sixteen weeks of the year, there were 20,215 more deaths in England and Wales compared to the previous five years.
Not that I particularly know anything about this subject but, don’t believe it.
The editorial was authored by Professor Danny Dorling of the University of Oxford
Whenever Dorling has pronounced upon something I do know about it’s been bullshit.
So, no, I don’t believe it.
A Department for Health and Social Care spokesperson said: “We keep all research in this area under review, but the ‘age standardised mortality rate’ – which had been broadly stable in recent years – is considered a much more reliable measure, as this type of research doesn’t take into account fluctuations in population numbers and the ageing population.”
My best guess is he’s looking at the wrong numbers so that he can shout “Austerity!”