Rodney P Jones
Journal of Paramedic Practice, Vol. 11, Iss. 1, 11 Jan 2019, pp 28 - 30

Since no one at the top, from NHS England to our politicians, appears to want to speak the truth, shall we have a chat as to why NHS capacity pressures keep on escalating? Figure 1 shows the trend in deaths for males and females in the UK from 1974 to 2017 (Office for National Statistics (ONS), 2018a). Total deaths in males steadily declined from 1974 onward and in females from 1994 onward. The alarming rise since 2011 of nearly 9000 per annum caught actuaries completely by surprise (Jones, 2017a; 2017b).

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