East Riding’s death rate remained higher than normal in July

Deaths in the East Riding remained higher than 2019 levels in July following similar increases in April, May and June, official figures show.

Monday, 21st September 2020, 9:35 am
Updated Monday, 21st September 2020, 9:35 am
Figures show 294 deaths were recorded in the East Riding during July. Photo: PA Images

This was despite a national dip in deaths, although doctors still warn the NHS must be given whatever it needs to deal with a “triple whammy” threat of rising cases, winter pressure, and huge patient backlogs.

Office for National Statistics figures show 294 deaths were recorded in the East Riding during July.

That was 22 more than the number recorded in July 2019, a rise of 8%.

The East Riding also saw a jump in fatalities in the previous month, with 91 more deaths recorded compared to June 2019 – an increase of 36%.

In May, there were 58 extra deaths, a rise of 17%, while April’s death count was up by 61%. It means that in the year to the end of July there were 491 (22%) more deaths than at the same point last year.

The British Medical Association said it was difficult to draw conclusions from the drop in deaths nationally in July.

But its chairman Dr Chaand Nagpaul said it was “imperative” the Government give the NHS the resources it needs to deal with a “triple whammy of the non-Covid backlog, the ongoing risk of a second spike, and winter pressure”.

A poll of more than 8,000 English doctors and medical students by the BMA found 86% believe a second coronavirus spike is imminent in the next six months, with a peak during winter their number one concern for the health service.

Dr Nagpaul said an overstretched NHS had lacked capacity at the start of the pandemic, leaving millions of patients to become “collateral damage” as services were halted.

A Government spokeswoman said: “We have made significant strides in stopping the spread of coronavirus – this includes delivering 3.3 billion items of PPE to the front line with 31 billion items ordered, NHS Test and Trace testing hundreds of thousands of people every day, and almost 360,000 people contacted who may have been unwittingly spreading the virus.”