News

17.02.17

Analysis links healthcare cuts to 30,000 excess deaths

Cuts to health and social care budgets have been linked to a substantial increase in patient mortality, with 30,000 excess deaths recorded in 2015, new analysis released has suggested.

The report, written by researchers from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, in collaboration with the University of Oxford and Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, tested four different possibilities for the rise in mortality and ruled out cold weather and flu as well as data errors as the main reason for the sharp rise in excess deaths.

 By looking into NHS performance data, the research was able to identify clear system failures in the NHS as health providers missed almost all their targets for both ambulance call out times and A&E waiting times.

 The rate of staff absences also rose and, despite this, posts remained unfilled as new staff were not appointed by clinicians.

 Commenting on the findings, Professor Martin McKee, from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, said: “The impact of cuts resulting from the imposition of austerity on the NHS has been profound.

 “Expenditure has failed to keep pace with demand and the situation has been exacerbated by dramatic reductions in the welfare budget of £16.7bn and in social care spending.”

 He added that the possibility that the cuts to health and social care are implicated in almost 30,000 excess deaths is one that needs further exploration.

 "Given the relentless nature of the cuts, and potential link to rising mortality, said Prof McKee, “we ask why is the search for a cause not being pursued with more urgency?”

He finished by warning that raising the “agility” of the NHS’s A&E workforce was unlikely to meet the challenges that the health service faces from the very high level of frail or elderly people going to A&E for urgent care during the winter.

Have you got a story to tell? Would you like to become an NHE columnist? If so, click here.

Comments

There are no comments. Why not be the first?

Add your comment

 

national health executive tv

more videos >

latest news

View all News

comment

The NHS is at a crossroads, on a precarious path to a future yet unknown

11/05/2018The NHS is at a crossroads, on a precarious path to a future yet unknown

Niall Dickson CBE, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, gives NHE read... more >
A different kind of medicine

02/05/2018A different kind of medicine

Could literature improve the quality of life of those with mental health co... more >

editor's comment

25/09/2017A hotbed of innovation

This edition of NHE comes hot on the heels of this year’s NHS Expo which, once again, proved to be a huge success at Manchester Central. A number of announcements were made during the event, with the health secretary naming the second wave of NHS digital pioneers, or ‘fast followers’, which follow the initial global digital exemplars who were revealed at the same show 12 months earlier.  Jeremy Hunt also stated that by the end of 2018 – the 70th birthday... read more >

last word

Hard to be optimistic

Hard to be optimistic

Rachel Power, chief executive of the Patients Association, warns that we must be realistic about the very real effects of continued underfunding across the health service. It’s now beyond more > more last word articles >

interviews

Duncan Selbie: A step on the journey to population health

24/01/2018Duncan Selbie: A step on the journey to population health

The NHS plays a part in the country’s wellness – but it’s... more >

the scalpel's daily blog

Data sharing to improve care: the GP potential

18/05/2018Data sharing to improve care: the GP potential

As sharing data across organisations becomes the norm in the NHS, will general practice embrace its potential to improve the care we deliver to patients? Rebecca Fisher, a GP ... more >
read more blog posts from 'the scalpel' >

healthcare events

events calendar

back

May 2018

forward
mon tue wed thu fri sat sun
30 1 2 3 4 5 6
7 8 9 10 11 12 13
14 15 16 17 18 19 20
21 22 23 24 25 26 27
28 29 30 31 1 2 3
4 5 6 7 8 9 10

featured articles

View all News