Energy costs: 110,000 people in hospital because they can’t afford to heat homes


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Soaring energy costs are being blamed for a huge rise in the number of people going to hospital with illnesses caused by having to live in cold homes.

The total going to A&E with circulation problems or respiratory diseases has leapt by nearly 110,000 in the past three years.

And Andy Burnham, the Shadow Health Secretary, will today link this 10% rise with the Government’s failure to help people with the crippling cost of living.

In a “state of the NHS” speech in Birmingham today, he will say: “These new figures show for the first time the effect on A&E of the cost-of-living crisis and rising energy bills. This is the tragic human cost of David Cameron’s failure to stand up to the energy companies.”

And he will argue that when people cannot afford to heat their homes, they are more likely to suffer from high blood pressure, heart attacks strokes and asthma and…

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