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Government must investigate rising excess deaths in England and Wales, experts warn

BMJ 2018; 361 doi: (Published 11 May 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;361:k2127
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

Research experts have urged the government and MPs to investigate rising numbers of deaths in England and Wales, after new figures showed over 20 000 “excess deaths” so far in 2018.

Earlier this year an analysis of the Office for National Statistics’ data on weekly provisional deaths in England and Wales, published in The BMJ,1 found that by week seven of 2018 (ending 16 February) 10 000 more people had died than the average from the past five years.

Lucinda Hiam, honorary research fellow at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, …

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