Beast kills thousands
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.”