Annual increase in winter deaths returns to average levels

February 22, 2017   //   No Comments

The annual increase in deaths over winter has returned to average levels following a spike in 2014/15, according to the Office of National Statistics.  “Excess winter mortality” was at 15% in 2015/16 – meaning 15% more deaths took place in winter than the other seasons.

At 24,300, the number of extra winter deaths is almost half the 2014/15 figure, and is in line with the recent average.  Winter mortality has generally been falling for decades, and the 2014/15 increase marked the highest levels in 15 years.