Scrivenger Seabrook Solicitors’ Director Marc Folgate considers the implications of a report in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine and whether alarm bells should now be ringing.
It is believed that 30,000 excess deaths took place in 2015 as a result of cuts in health and social care.
In 2015 it was reported that there had been a substantial increase in the death rate in England and Wales.
This was said to be the largest increase since the Second World War
The additional deaths were said to have largely taken place in the elderly population and, of course, it is the elderly who depend most upon the provision of good quality health and social care.
The report was published in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine following research by the University of Oxford and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine as well as Blackburn and Darwen Borough Council. The research found, after careful analysis of statistics, that there were failures within the health system. As we have recently become aware, health service targets are now frequently missed in terms of response times to call outs as well as waiting times.
“The research, it seems, does not bode well for the 2016 analysis. It has been pointed out that if this is evidence of an emerging trend, this is clearly cause for significant concern. The National Health Service, of course, dovetails into the social care system. If, therefore, one or both of them is under functioning, the result will inevitably have an effect upon mortality. We believe that this is one of the first pieces of research to positively link a poorly functioning social care system and health care system with a rise in mortality”.
Further information can be obtained by accessing the paper entitled “What caused the spike in mortality in England and Wales in January 2015?” which was published in the journal of the Royal Society of Medicine.
24th May 2017