Health cuts most likely cause of major rise in mortality, government in denial

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Government refutes verdict that NHS and social care cuts may have caused 30,000 excess deaths in England and Wales 2015.

An unprecedented rise in mortality in England and Wales, where 30,000 excess deaths occurred in 2015, is likely to be linked to cuts to the NHS and social care, according to research which has drawn an angry response from the government.

The highly charged claim is made by researchers from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Oxford University and Blackburn with Darwen council, who say the increase in mortality took place against a backdrop of “severe cuts” to the NHS and social care, compromising their performance.

The Department of Health (DH) responded by accusing the authors of the paper and accompanying commentary, published inthe Journal of the Royal Society of Medicineon Thursday, of bias.

The researchers ruled out other possible causes of the increase, including cold…

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