many peo­ple die lo­cally ev­ery day

Rush­moor sees the great­est jump – 11.4% more peo­ple died in bor­ough in 2013 com­pared with 2012

Aldershot News & Mail - - FRONT PAGE -

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.”

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