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Recent high death rates in older people are not exceptional, says Public Health England

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 23 August 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f5252
  1. Nigel Hawkes
  1. 1London

Public Health England has said that excess mortality in elderly people recorded in 2012-13 did not need any new explanation and was largely due to influenza and cold weather.

In a letter and new report sent to leading public health practitioners,1 John Newton, Public Health England’s chief knowledge officer, said that an earlier analysis had “potential methodological weaknesses” and did not add anything to work already being carried out elsewhere in the …

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