Elderly people during a winter
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Winter weather alerts to be introduced to protect elderly

Winter weather alerts aimed at helping vulnerable people during cold snaps are to be introduced in England.

Agencies such as the NHS and social services will get the Met Office alerts and will then have to take action to ensure people are safe in their homes.

An estimated 27,000 extra people die every winter, a fifth more than during the summer.

Extra cash is also being used to help people keep homes warm, but some question whether this will be enough.

Jane Hughes reports

  • 01 Nov 2011
  • From the section Health
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