24,000 killed last winter are just 'tip of the iceberg'

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Health and also in Central Government, Communities, Environment, Housing

A charity has said that statistics showing there were 24,000 excess winter deaths (EWDs) over 2011/12 are only the "tip of the iceberg". National Energy Action (NEA) said the ONS EWD figures don't reveal the reality that millions of fuel poor households suffer with cold-related illnesses during the winter. The charity points to a recent report by Age UK that estimates cold homes are costing the NHS in England £1.36 billion every year in hospital and primary care treatments, with the majorit...

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