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Office for National Statistics: ‘poor care may have been a factor’ in some care home deaths

The Guardian newspaper reports that more than 1,000 care home residents have died suffering from malnutrition, dehydration or bedsores. At least one of the conditions was noted on the death certificates of as many as 1,463 vulnerable residents in NHS, local authority and privately-run care homes in England and Wales over the past five years. The figures were obtained by the Guardian from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), which completed an analysis of death certificates at the newspaper’s request.

The ONS cautioned that the data did “not provide enough information to link the deaths to poor care in the care home” but acknowledged that “it is possible that poor care may have been a factor in some of the deaths”.

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