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Mortality rate increase ‘linked to NHS and social care cuts’

17th February 2017

A team of researchers have argued NHS and social care cuts are responsible for a recent increase in mortality rates in England and Wales.

According to experts from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Oxford University and Blackburn with Darwen Council, 30,000 excess deaths took place in 2015.

This, they argue, is because NHS and social care providers experienced severe cuts and services were therefore compromised, the Guardian reports.

Professor Danny Dorling, one of the researchers from the University of Oxford, commented: "It may sound obvious that more elderly people will have died earlier as a result of government cutbacks, but to date the number of deaths has not been estimated and the government have not admitted responsibility."

However, the government has responded to the study, with the Department of Health saying the authors of the paper are biased.

The findings were supported by shadow social care minister Barbara Keeley, who said the government has "cut billions of pounds from council budgets and care is suffering as a result".

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