By Simon Hradecky, October 12, 2020 20:16:08The number of people dying each year in the UK is rising by one-third a year, according to a new study, the first to assess the causes of the problem and compare the UK’s health and economic performance with that of other countries.
The research from the Royal College of Physicians found that the number of deaths in the country has increased by 15% over the past year and that the total number of hospital admissions for the disease has risen by over 500,000.
The study, by the Royal Institution of British Medical Royal Colleges, looked at deaths in England and Wales in 2020 and found that they had risen by 15%.
It found that of the 6,818 deaths that were recorded in England in 2016, 2,904 were in people aged over 75, and 4,848 were in women over 75.
The report, which is based on data from coronavirus surveillance, was commissioned by the health and social care select committee to assess whether the UK was meeting its targets for improving the country’s health.
It found that although England and Scotland have improved on last year’s rate of progress, the figures for the rest of the UK are far worse.
In 2016-17, the Royal Society of Royal Physicians recorded a total of 2,000 deaths in people over 75 in England.
It recorded a further 6,200 in England’s two largest cities of Manchester and Liverpool, and more than 5,000 in Greater Manchester and Manchester.
The latest figures from the Health and Social Care Select Committee also showed that the UK recorded an additional 1,000 new cases of coronaviruses in England this year, up from 1,600 the previous year.
The figures also showed a decline in the number and the severity of the coronaviral disease in England, as well as a rise in cases of respiratory illness, pneumonia and severe diarrhoea.
The data shows that the rate of deaths has risen from 4,094 in 2016-2017 to 6,862 in 2020-21, and the rate has also fallen in Manchester, Liverpool and Manchester and Humberside, although the figures are slightly lower in Birmingham and Newcastle.
The committee said it was concerned about the “growing toll of COVID-19 on our public health system”.
The Royal College’s chairman, Prof John O’Connell, said: “The coronavivirus epidemic in England has been a significant challenge for our NHS, and a public health disaster for the NHS.”
However, it is also a major public health issue for the people of England, and is contributing to the rise in the mortality rate, which, in the absence of effective, targeted measures, could result in the death of millions.
“He said the findings showed that a lack of effective monitoring and reporting by health services meant that people who had recently travelled to the UK and who had symptoms of COVI-19 could have died in a matter of days.”
The increase in deaths in 2020 is a consequence of an inability to assess and report the risks and illnesses that might be present in the community, in terms of infectious diseases, as they emerge, Dr O’Connell said.
The NHS, the health secretary, Simon Burns, said the figures showed the UK could improve its situation on a “steady basis”.
“The government is committed to delivering better outcomes for people who are infected with COVID and to keeping people with COVI and their families safe,” he said.
“We are committed to providing the best care for people affected by COVID, and we will do whatever it takes to make the NHS a better place.”
A spokesperson for the Department of Health said the government was committed to improving the NHS by working with the health sector to improve outcomes for patients, staff and communities.
“Our priority is to get our emergency and specialist services up to scratch and keep people in hospitals safe,” she said.