Jo Willey, Health Editor at the Daily Express, reports that a charity has warned that thousands of people will die from the effects of cold this winter because local health services cannot cope with the impact of crippling fuel bills.
Soaring costs mean many vulnerable people will not be able to keep their homes warm and the charity warns over-stretched hospitals will struggle to cope with a spike in cold-related admissions.
In an open letter to the Prime Minister, the fuel poverty charity National Energy Action said the NHS faces a yearly burden of £1.5billion in treating cold-related illnesses. The group want’s ministers and MPs to introduce extra immediate assistance in the Autumn Statement.
Chief executive Jenny Saunders said: “Make this a brighter winter for our poorest citizens and deliver short-term relief. Without it, thousands will die again this winter”
A Government spokesman said: “Around 12.5 million older people are due to receive £2.5billion in winter fuel payments this year, and the warm home discount is providing £310 million for those at risk of fuel poverty”
I prefer to be concerned with the foreboding from the charity than a belief that present government handouts will be the cure-all for this problem and for continually posting welfare and NHS issues, I make no apologies, they are not going to go away!!.