Due to high energy prices in Britain, there is a threat of a humanitarian crisis and deterioration of the health of the local population. This is claimed by representatives of the British national health system NHS. According to them, an increasing number of households will have to decide whether to heat their residence and limit other expenses, or, on the contrary, to save on heating. But this can lead to the growth of a number of diseases, with which the British health system will have to deal, the BBC News server wrote on Friday.
“Many people will have to make a terrible choice between missing one meal a day to heat their homes or living in cold, damp and very uncomfortable conditions,” said Matthew Taylor, head of the NHS Confederation, which brings together representatives of the British health sector. According to him, the country is therefore at risk of a humanitarian crisis, an increase in inequalities in access to health care, or a deterioration in the living conditions of children.
British health officials warn that poorly heated homes lead to more respiratory illnesses. The risk of heart disease also increases in older people. According to estimates, insufficient heating contributes to the deaths of around 10,000 people in Britain every year. In addition, health professionals fear that infectious diseases such as influenza or covid-19 will worsen health conditions.
The concerns of NHS representatives were also confirmed by research from the British Statistics Office, which was published at the beginning of this month. According to him, more than a third of Britons have had to cut back on spending on food and other essential services and goods due to the rising cost of living. The share was then higher among people with disabilities and those who have low incomes or live in rented accommodation.
A government spokesman said the cabinet is working to strengthen the health system ahead of the winter season. The government wants to increase the number of temporarily established beds. At the same time, it launched an overseas recruitment drive to ease the current NHS staff shortage. According to official figures, there are 105,000 vacancies in the NHS and another 165,000 staff are missing from social care.
The British government has promised households in the country, except for Northern Ireland, aid that should amount to 400 pounds (almost 12 thousand crowns) on average. The poorest households should then receive up to 1,200 pounds (about 35,000 crowns), reports the BBC. However, according to the estimates of the consultancy firm Cornwall Insight, this will cover only a part of the increase in energy costs. The average household’s energy costs will more than double to £355 a month (over £10,000 a month).
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