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What caused the spike in mortality in England and Wales in January 2015?

 

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What caused the spike in mortality in England and Wales in January 2015?

This study analyses the data surrounding a spike in mortality in England and Wales in January 2015.

It found no evidence that the rise in mortality was attributable to data anomalies or cold weather, and the data indicated that flu was unlikely to be the main cause. The researchers also examined NHS performance data during this period and found that the excess mortality in January 2015 coincided with evidence of health system failures. More...