The rise in ‘lonely deaths’

July 6, 2015   //   No Comments

In a recent article on The Daily Mail online, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt highlighted the increase in lonely deaths.

Mr Hunt said that reports from the Local Government Association show that eight people every day are buried by their local council with no known friends or family.   The issue was highlighted by the recent discovery of pensioner Henry Summers, who was found three years after his death.  Mr Hunt will say that Britain needs to face up to ‘uncomfortable truths’ about the consequences of an ageing population.

Mr Hunt called for a ‘national conversation’ about the need to do much more to prevent elderly friends and relatives falling prey to loneliness.  By 2020, there will be an anticipated extra million more over 70s , of whom one third will be living alone. Whilst the health and social care system need to improve their care of vulnerable older people, Mr Hunt suggested that all citizens must also play their part.

You may read the full article here.