Thursday, 25 July 2013

"Probe as lazy journalists blame extra deaths on the NHS"

From The Evening Standard:

Probe as NHS death figures increase by 600 a week

An investigation is under way into an unexpected rise in the number of deaths this year, particularly among the elderly, Public Health England (PHE) has said.

Around 600 extra people a week have died in the early part of 2013 compared with the last five years, adding up to around 10,000 people, The Times reported. Overall there was an increase of 5 per cent in the mortality rate between early 2012 and early 2013 - up by 23,400...

And so on and so forth.

A couple of 'experts' then make various suggestions as to why this might have happened - which seem perfectly plausible to me - but there is nothing to suggest that this can all be blamed on the NHS, unless it is somehow the NHS' responsibility to keep everybody alive for ever and thus that every non-violent death is their fault.