Beast kills thou­sands

The People - - NEWS FEATURES - By Nigel Nel­son PO­LIT­I­CAL EDITOR

THE Beast from the East caused 2,000 ex­tra, pre­ventable win­ter deaths, a re­port claims.

Fig­ures from char­i­ties Na­tional En­ergy Ac­tion and En­ergy Ac­tion Scot­land re­veal 15,500 peo­ple died in the first three months of 2018 as Arc­tic weather hit the UK.

And there were a to­tal 37,000 win­ter deaths, up 9,000 on 2017 – with 2,000 among the rise at­trib­uted to the Beast.

The re­port says: “The se­vere cold weather ear­lier this year caused a huge surge in pre­ventable deaths among the frail and el­derly.”

The re­port claims health and so­cial care ser­vices were left “creak­ing at the seams” by ex­tra cases caused by the Beast.

It adds that nearly 11,000 peo­ple could have died this win­ter be­cause they were un­able to heat their homes ad­e­quately.

Au­thor Dr Jamie-leigh Ruse said: “Most days in this pe­riod saw more deaths than the cor­re­spond­ing day in any of the pre­vi­ous five years.

“Hos­pi­tal pa­tients were dis­charged be­fore they were ready to homes with no light or heat. You are al­most ten times more likely to die from a cold home than in a road ac­ci­dent.”

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