Flu Epidemic: The number of deaths in the UK tripled and the number of GPs increased dramatically


Figures show that the number of flu deaths in Britain this winter is almost triple the number of last year.
Another 35 people were killed last week. Since the beginning of October, 120 people have died of influenza-related symptoms in the country, compared with 45 deaths in 2016-17.

Figures released by the Royal Institution of General Education on Thursday showed that more than 30,000 people visited the GP last week because of flu-like illness, an increase of more than 9,000 from the first week of January.

However, the Ministry of Public Health in England said that although the flu has been the most serious and unpleasant cause since the winter of 2010/11, it is still not an epidemic.

Last week, 598 people were hospitalized for flu, of which 198 were seriously ill and needed intensive care or were highly dependent on unit treatment. However, both figures are lower than the previous week.
In the first two weeks of this year, all four domestic influenza patients also experienced a sharp rise and turned to general practitioners for help.

In England, in the last week of December, 21 out of every 100,000 people did so. However, according to data collected by the PHE, the figure more than doubled to 53.1 during the week ending January 14 last weekend.

A PHE analysis of consultations with general practitioners also showed that in Wales the ratio nearly tripled in the same two weeks from 16.7 to 4.99. The small population of Scotland and Northern Ireland, however, has continued to rise sharply, from 44.9 to 114 and 22.7 to 65.2 per 100,000 population respectively.

Millions of people who have not been stimulated by the winter flu outbreak, including those at risk of the virus, have sharply increased their appeal.

According to PHE, York is the authoritative local authority in England with the highest percentage of flu patients. Last week, 109.3 people per 100,000 visited the GP because of the infection. Followed by Hereford (102.5), North Somerset (95.3), Cheshire West and Chester (87.8) and Northumberland (83.2).
Professor Paul Cosford, Dean of the PHE School of Medicine, said: “In terms of admission, it is the most important flu season since the winter of 2010/11 and the pre-2009 pandemic season, although it is not an epidemic.
“We are currently seeing mixed flu types, including the A (H3N2) strain that was prevalent in Britain and Australia last winter, and the A (H3N2) strain affects especially older and more vulnerable age groups.”

New performance data from the National Health Service (NHS) show that at least 100,000 patients need to wait at least 30 minutes behind the ambulance due to overcrowding in the Accident and Emergency Department this winter.

104,987 patients brought to British hospitals were trapped in ambulances or stayed in the vicinity of the hospital near the A & E (including corridors) for more than half an hour. Ambulance personnel reported that in some cases in recent weeks they had to wait in the car for hours.

Saffron Cordery, director of policy and strategy at NHS provider on behalf of the hospital, said NHS trusts are still fully committed, lacking trust and information their staff wants, despite the “last week’s slight relief.” Winter is worst The time may not have arrived yet. ”

Meanwhile, ambulance services were not seeking outside help during Christmas rush hours, with more than 20 ambulances in eastern England waiting too long to die and Labor MPs claiming whistleblowers.

Clive Lewis, a South Norwich lawmaker, emphasized in the lower house through procedural questions what he called a “particularly grave problem” related to ambulance services in East England.

A £ 18 billion injection of capital into what would otherwise have been spent on stabilizing the NHS instead was used to deal with the stress of day to day, the official audit report found.

NHS received funding for the Sustainable Development and Transformation Fund in 2016-17. The National Audit Office said on Friday it had set up structures to survive with less money after 2017-18.

Auditors found that the cost spent by the National Health Services (NHS) at the expense of these costs raised the government’s readiness to prepare for the future financial crisis.


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