Andy Burnham MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, responding to the Public Health England report on deaths registered in 2013, said:
“These figures raise major concerns about levels of care and support for older people and demand an urgent response from the Government. Labour has been warning for some time about the collapse of social care and the growing number of older people left alone and at risk. We now need to see action from the Government.
“Earlier this year we revealed a shocking 66% increase in the number of people over 90 going in to A&E in blue-light ambulances – a sure sign of something going seriously wrong in the way we care for older people.
“In light of today’s revelations I am asking Jeremy Hunt to commission an urgent investigation into the causes of this increase and to consider urgent improvements in support for older people.”