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Winter deaths sharp rise last year

24th November 2009

The Office of National Statistics has said there was a sharp rise in the number of winter deaths in December 2008 to March 2009.

The ONS said there were 36,700 "excess" deaths - a rise of 49% from the previous year. Most deaths occurred in people aged over 85. Andrew Harrop, of Age Concern and Help the Aged, said: "It is a national scandal that the UK has more older people dying in winter, compared to the rest of the year, than countries with more severe weather, such as Sweden and Finland."

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