Information released shows that more than 650,000 deaths were registered in the UK in 2022 – 9% more than 2019. One of the largest excess death levels outside the pandemic in 50 years. Sky news puts this at almost 70 years since the aftermath of the Second World War, saying “Over a thousand more people are dying every week than expected” many of which are happening at home.
Covid is still killing people but is roughly only a third of the 95,000 in 2020. While 1,813,188 COVID-19 deaths were reported in 2020, recent WHO estimates suggest an excess mortality of at least 3,000,000.
On 1 January 2023, the president of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine suggested the crisis in urgent care could be causing “300-500 deaths a week”.
Readers on Twitter were up in arms at the BBC for its part. With some blaming the vaccine effect, but there is little evidence to support this.
A number of doctors are blaming the wider crisis in the NHS.
The government promised 6000 new GP’s, but Rishi Sunak has cancelled this. The amount of Fully Qualified GP’s has dropped in the last 7 years as mentioned on ITV’s Tonight, When Can I see My GP?.
An academic study Analysis by LCP Actuaries suggested that as many as 500 deaths a week could be caused by delays in A&E.
Ambulance response times in England have grown to 48 minutes to respond to a suspected heart attack or stroke which should be less than 18 minutes. In reality some have waited 2 hours or more.
With hospital waiting times at a record high.
During the pandemic peoples stress levels rocketed, whilst health levels plummeted. People starting treatment for blood pressure or with statins – which can help prevent future heart attacks – dropped off during the pandemic.
Let’s remember we had a very cold and snowy pre-christmas.
Finally, figures up to June 2022 looking at deaths from all causes show unvaccinated people were more likely to die than vaccinated people.
Info from the ONS says “The doctor certifying a death can list all causes in the chain of events that led to the death, and pre-existing conditions that may have contributed to the death. Deaths with COVID-19 mentioned anywhere on the death certificate are defined as deaths involving COVID-19. Deaths where COVID-19 is also the underlying cause of death are defined as deaths due to COVID-19.”
Deaths increased in the North West, Yorkshire and The Humber and the South East. The number of deaths decreased in the North East, East Midlands, West Midlands and London, and remained similar in the East of England and the South West.
Deaths involving COVID-19 in England increased for those aged 25 to 44 years and 55 to 64 years, and decreased for those aged 65 years and over
Deaths remained similar for those aged 24 years and under and for those aged 45 to 54 years.