When you listen to young “green self -proclaimed environmentalists” claiming they are trying to save the polar bears, the whales, the planet or whatever the hell the flavour of the week in their idiotic fake Climate Change pronouncements, they overlook a huge “elephant in the room” or should I say Grandma or Grandpa in the hospital!
These “baby Al Gore’s” should actually be stripped naked and forced to sit in a senior’s residence for 24 hours and see what it’s like to slowly freeze to death!
Can anyone believe in this day and age that the U.K actually allows it’s seniors to FREEZE TO DEATH instead of banning the energy fraud it has embraced called GREEN ENERGY.
Just like here in Ontario where elderly retirees on fixed incomes are unable to pay their Hydro One Bills because it costs more now to turn on a thermostat than it does to eat! But then I guess McGuinty/Wynne would just say “well that’s their fault for not looking ahead for retirement days”!It takes a “poor person” to understand the life of another “poor person” and that’s why the governing personnel of this once magnificent Province will never give a damn about the poor or elderly………………they’ve never known what it was to be in that position and quite frankly they are probably so terrified that they may end up poor that they embrace the dark side of greed to make sure they never do!
- 1,876 patients treated for hypothermia in 2010/11
- Hypothermia death toll within 30 days up from 135 to 260
- Coincides with a surge in energy prices
- Industry analyst estimates 8 out of 10 households ration energy use
- Age UK says a quarter of all pensioners live in fuel poverty
The number of pensioners dying from hypothermia has nearly doubled in five years, a period when a succession of cold winters has been coupled with drastic rises in energy bills.
The official figures emerged after several days of Arctic conditions which drove temperatures across the whole country as low as minus 10C (14F).
They showed that 1,876 patients were treated in hospital for hypothermia in 2010/11, up from 950 in 2006/07.
A succession of cold winters and a rise in energy prices has left many pensioners shivering
The number of sufferers who died within 30 days of admission shot up from 135 to 260.
Three-quarters of victims were pensioners, with cases soaring among the over-60s more than any other age group.
The increasing toll of hypothermia over the past five years coincides with a surge in energy costs, especially gas prices which have gone up by 40 per cent.
Soaring energy bills are pushing more and more pensioners into fuel poverty, forcing them to choose between heating and eating. One industry analyst, uSwitch, estimates that eight in ten households are already rationing their energy use and have called for a cut in VAT on power bills.
The row over energy prices is poised to be reignited later this month when the ‘big six’ energy companies reveal their latest profit figures.
Campaign groups said yesterday it was ‘scandalous’ that pensioners in modern Britain could be suffering from hypothermia.
Michelle Mitchell of Age UK urged the Government to take more action to protect those at risk of freezing to death.
‘We like to think of ourselves as a civilised society which protects the most vulnerable,’ she said. ‘The fact that there are still older people who are suffering and dying of hypothermia is deeply shocking.’
A survey carried out by Age UK last month found that half of pensioners have turned their heating down to save money even when they are not warm enough.
Many more are so cold they go to bed when they are not tired or move into one room to keep energy bills down.
Hypothermia occurs when body temperature drops below 35C (95F) from its normal 37C (98.6F). Symptoms can include violent shivering, confusion, delirium and unconsciousness.