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More than 80,000 people are in hospital in the UK, the most recent figures from the NHS show, but the number of deaths from cardiovascular disease and diabetes is still relatively small.
In a report published on Monday, the health charity Oxfam UK highlighted the problem of a growing number of patients who are in need of specialist care despite not being at high risk of a heart attack or stroke.
It said the number, which it said included a rise in people who had died of cardiovascular disease since the NHS began keeping data on deaths from cardiac disease in 2009, had risen from 15,923 in the same period to 30,746 by April, the latest month for which data is available.
“In addition to the NHS’s record-breaking numbers of people in hospital, it is clear that the system is failing the vast majority of people who need specialist care and cannot access it,” Oxfam said.
In March, the UK’s chief medical officer said the country’s rate of death from cardiovascular diseases (CVD) had risen to 14 per 100,000 inhabitants from 14 per cent in 2006.
The NHS has also warned that the number attending specialist care has also increased in recent years.
Its annual report for the September to December period of 2017-18 shows that about 1,400 more people were in hospital at the end of the month than in the whole of 2016-17, the first full month since the health service was privatised in 2010.
The report said that the trend was “unprecedented” and highlighted the “toxic legacy of the privatisation of health care” as well as “growing evidence of widespread underfunding of care”.
The report, which is due to be released later this month, comes as the government prepares to announce its own changes to the way the NHS operates, including a new health board and a new coronavirus strategy.