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The Chairman of the Brexit Party told TalkRADIO he believes more people are dying as a consequence of coronavirus lockdown measures than of COVID-19 itself. Mr Tice accused the Health Minister Nadine Dorries and Health Secretary Matt Hancock of trying to “cover up” the real number of non-COVID-related deaths since the start of the pandemic. It comes after the Health Minister called for “an end to some of the irresponsible narrative some have been using around mental health and suicide” since the beginning of the pandemic.
The Tory Minister shared the findings of the NCISH report on Twitter, adding: “Every life lost to suicide, is a tragedy, however this data showing zero increase in suicide figures since lockdown should be reassuring to those who have been concerned regarding the mental health impact of #coronavirus and #lockdown.”
But Mr Tice claimed the Health Minister will regret her comments when and if it’s revealed that lockdown measures will have caused more deaths than coronavirus.
He blasted: “The only excess deaths are happening in private homes on non-COVID patients because we’re told and we know that 80 percent of COVID-related deaths, not of COVID but with COVID deaths, take place in the hospitals.
“So the excess deaths that are going on in private homes are of non-COVID patients who either are terrified of going into hospitals or not being allowed to go into hospital and therefore sadly are dying very often prematurely of cancer, cardiac, lung and other illnesses at home.
“As well as the soaring suicide rates. The numbers are going thought the roof.
“As for Nadine Dorries, that will come back to haunt her.
“The arrogant complacency of the health department, Nadine Dorries and Matt Hancock.
“They are simply not telling the truth.
“Isn’t it interesting how they seem to be able to tell us the COVID deaths every single day, why can’t they tell us the number of people committing suicide every day?
“Perhaps it is because they’re trying to cover something up. There are serious major problems there. It will eventually come out.”
He added: “It is a national scandal that will emerge.”
The NCISH report stated: “We examined suicide figures from established ‘real-time surveillance’ (RTS) systems in several parts of England, total population 9 million, comparing the months pre-lockdown (January-March 2020) to post-lockdown (April-August 2020).
“The average number of suicides per month varied but there was no evidence of a rise post-lockdown.
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“The post-lockdown figures were higher than in the equivalent period in 2019 but this should be understood in the context of rising suicide rates and improving RTS systems.
“Several important caveats apply, and these findings do not rule out higher figures in some areas or as a result of a future economic downturn.”
It added: “These are early figures and could change over time or with the inclusion of more areas.
“We cannot rule out higher rates in some local areas or population subgroups, especially as the effect of COVID-19 itself has varied between communities.
“In particular, it is too soon to examine the full long-term impact of economic adversity on mental health and suicide.”
Express.co.uk has contacted the Department for Health for comment.
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