many people die locally every day
Rushmoor sees the greatest jump – 11.4% more people died in borough in 2013 compared with 2012
AROUND 60 people die every day in Surrey and Hampshire, new figures show.
The death rate has gone up slightly, in contrast with northern counties such as Newcastle and Manchester, which have seen a reduction in deaths, according to data published by the Office For National Statistics.
In Surrey, 9,843 people died last year, an average of 27 people a day.
That is up 1.9% on the 9,658 people who died in 2012.
In Hampshire, 12,281 died in 2013, which is around 34 people a day. That figure is up 3% on the 11,924 people who died in 2012.
In the report, published last Wednesday, Surrey Heath’s death rate was said to be down by 0.7% with 723 people dying last year, equivalent to two people a day.
In Guildford, the death rate increased by 10.1% to 1,088, equating to three people dying every day of 2013. There was also an increase in Waverley, with 1,115 people dying in 2013 – a 4.1% jump.
Rushmoor saw the biggest jump – from 613 dying in 2012 to 716 people in 2013 – an 11.4% increase.
In Hart, the figure had dropped by 5.2% to 616 people dying last year.
Helen Atkinson, director of public health at Surrey County Council, said: “If we in the health, local authority and voluntary and community sectors, take effective action locally on smoking, lack of physical activity, poor diet and alcohol misuse we can reduce both health inequalities and the 15-year variation in life expectancy between wards in Surrey.
“By focusing our combined efforts on them we can really make a difference to people’s health in Surrey as well as slowing the rapidly increasing demand on our services.”
Councillor Liz Fairhurst, executive member, for adult social care and public health at Hampshire County Council, said the council took its duty regarding the public’s health very seriously and monitored conditions and illnesses with a joint health and wellbeing strategic approach.
She said: “Interestingly over the last decade the main cause of death has changed from cardiovascular diseases to cancers as the NHS has developed very successful treatments for cardiovascular diseases.
“For the under 75s premature deaths from cancer, heart disease, stroke or liver disease in Hampshire are lower than the national average and we continue to work to reduce these by supporting people to live healthier lifestyles, for example through the NHS health check programme.”
Surrey Heath Borough Council provides a comprehensive service for older people to help them maintain their independence and wellbeing at home.
A Rushmoor Borough Council spokesman said the council had a health and wellbeing partnership which analysed health data and planned how to address high risk areas.
Nationally, 505,690 people died in England and Wales in 2013, up 1.5% from 498,281 in 2012, equating to 1,385 deaths every day on average.
With branches across Surrey and Hampshire, Citizens Advice Bureau offers bereavement and financial support for people who have lost a loved one.
Ouida Grant, CEO of Hart’s Citizens Advice Bureau, said: “All our advisors are trained to deal with clients sensitively, especially when they are experiencing a traumatic situation.
“Information can be found on bereavement, dealing with the financial affairs of someone who has died and benefits that may be entitled to and a section on death and wills which outlines the process for dealing with a death on a practical level, registering the death, arranging a funeral and how to contact government departments to inform of the death.”