Source: The Express

The Director of Oxford University’s Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine, Professor Carl Heneghan, has called for an urgent inquiry to find out what is causing soaring excess deaths at home.

He said that “The government urgently needs accurate data on what is going on to prevent further excess deaths”.

Experts say that have been more than 65,000 excess deaths, that were not covid, since the start of the pandemic

The Express reports: Figures from the Office of National Statistics for England and Wales show over the past eighteen months there have been at least 74,745 excess deaths – deaths above the five-year average – in private homes. Only 8,759 (12 percent) involved COVID-19. The deaths at home figures from 7 March 2020 to 17 September 2021 are 37 percent higher than the 2015 – 2019 average and the numbers are continuing to climb. Last week was the 16th week in a row where the ONS reported extra or “excess” deaths.

The disturbing trend includes 15-19-year-old boys. Deaths in this group have risen by 30 percent between January and October this year compared to the same period in 2020 – from 355 to 462. This is 20 percent higher than the five-year average for this period which was 386.

Last night Professor Carl Heneghan, Director of Oxford University’s Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine, called for an urgent inquiry into the circumstances behind the deaths to find out whether they could have been prevented.

He said: “More people are dying of non-covid causes and we continue to see a considerable and continuing rise in excess deaths this year not caused by Covid-19 and occurring mostly in the home. This is extremely concerning. It is urgent we now launch a proper inquiry to find out whether these deaths could have been prevented. The death certificates only give a snapshot of what is actually going on.

“We need to go beyond these and look at those deaths which may not have been covered by coroners. To understand the true cause and what can be done to reduce the high number of excess deaths, particularly those in the home setting.”

He added: “The government urgently needs accurate data on what is going on to prevent further excess deaths. Understanding this is also crucial to managing our response to the pandemic, ensuring we mitigate preventable problems may mean we never lockdown again.”

Dr Charles Levinson, Chief Executive of the private GP company, Doctorcall who has studied deaths at home throughout the pandemic, said: “Non-Covid excess deaths in the home and the surrounding silence is a scandal. The reasons will be many and complex, but we have to start asking difficult questions. I fully support calls for an inquiry which will do just that.”

He added: “Millions of people are still too scared, unwilling or unable to access the healthcare they need and these staggering numbers are one tragic consequence of that.