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Excess Winter Deaths

 Key findings (Published February 2016)

  • The Excess Winter Mortality Index (EWMI) for all areas decreased substantially between 2012/13 and 2013/14; England decreased from 19.8% to 11.3%, the North West from 21.1% to 11.9% and Wirral from 30.1% to 15.1%.

  • Wirral (15%) had a higher EWMI than the North West (13%) and England & Wales (12%), despite having warmer temperatures.

  • In Wirral, males (19.3%) had higher EWMI than females (11.4%), whereas in England & Wales this was reversed with females (12.8%) having a higher EWMI than males (10.4%).

  • Males aged 85+ (32%) had the highest EWMI in Wirral, and males aged 0-18 (-33%) had the lowest EWMI.

  • In England & Wales, the EWMI of Respiratory diseases, Circulatory diseases and dementia & Alzheimer’s disease decreased by nearly half between 2012/13 and 2013/14.

  • Birkenhead Constituency (27%) had the highest EWMI, followed by Wirral West (19%).

  • Respiratory disease had the highest EWMI for Wirral (21%) and England & wales (30%).

  • There are many different factors which impact on Excess Winter Deaths. Environmental, social and personal factors such as deprivation, age, gender, housing status and thermal efficiency of the home all have an impact.

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