The Conservative Government is under pressure to explain why more than 10,000 “additional deaths” happened during the first seven weeks of this year, in comparison with the previous five years.

But we know the answer already, don’t we?

Those deaths happened because Jeremy Hunt – and his leader, Theresa May – cut funding to such a low level that they caused the NHS “winter crisis”, with patients dying at home, in ambulances, or in hospital corridors as they waited for overworked medical staff to examine them.

The news media were full of such stories at the end of last year and the beginning of 2018 – and the response from the government was always the same: They were providing more funds, ministers said.

In numbers, that may have been true – but in real terms, funding was not keeping up with demand, and people died.

This is the reality of Tory policy: They think money is more important than human lives.

Don’t hold your breath waiting for any Tory investigation into their own incompetence – or indifference.

They won’t release any information that is even faintly damning of them.

Even their excuses have become hackneyed and stereotyped.

Experts have called on the Government to explain why there were more than 10,000 “additional deaths” in England and Wales in the first few weeks of 2018.

An editorial published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) showed that during the first seven weeks of the year, there were 93,990 deaths. But in the same period over the previous five years an average of 83,615 people died.

The authors from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and University of Oxford have called on the Government and health service bosses to urgently investigate and explain the rise.

“This rise of 12.4 per cent, or 10,375 additional deaths, was not due to the ageing of the population,” the editorial read.

The data, collected weekly by the Office of National Statistics also excludes that these deaths were all caused by this year’s exceptionally high flu levels.

Source: Government told to ‘urgently investigate 10,000 additional deaths’ in the first weeks of 2018

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