The tragic toll of the Australian power crisis: elderly people freeze into their homes until DEATH because they can't afford to turn on their heating
- As electricity prices rise, there is an increase in health problems
- The elderly are most at risk because they do not have & # 39; adequate heating & # 39; can afford
- More than 130 people were admitted in emergencies – most with hypothermia
- Households will see electricity prices in parts of the country fall on July 1
A number of elderly people die at home because they cannot afford to turn on their heaters during the cold winter nights.
While electricity prices in New South Wales are rising by 117 percent, emergency departments have seen an increase in the number of people admitted to cold-related illnesses.
Last winter, more than 130 people saw an emergency – most of them with hypothermia – an increase of 34 percent compared to 10 years ago. Daily telegram reported.
Elderly people die in their homes because they cannot afford to turn on their heating (supply)
Professor Gordian Fulde, professor of emergency services, said the problem is due to people who cannot afford to use their heating.
& # 39; A few weeks ago it was a very real problem when it was cold and the elderly are our most vulnerable, & # 39; he said.
& # 39; To be dramatic, old people are found dead in their flats and apartments, and although we don't know what caused it, we know that a cold is a major stress (on their health). & # 39;
A total of 137 people went to emergency departments due to hypothermia-related problems in June, July and August in 2018. According to NSW Health Data, this is the highest figure since 2015 with 173 people.
A study conducted by Dr. Michelle Ananda-Rajah of Monash University in Victoria found that those diagnosed with hypothermia lived alone and did not have much social support.
She agreed with Mr Fulde and said that the elderly are most at risk because of their inability to provide & # 39; sufficient heating & # 39 ;.
On 1 July, with the start of the new financial year, households will see electricity prices fall in parts of the country, which is a major boost for struggling households (shares)
On July 1, with the start of the new financial year, households will see electricity prices fall in parts of the country, which is a big boost for households with problems.
Residents have easier access to cheaper electricity thanks to a new retail code for retailers in southeast Queensland, NSW and South Australia.
In Western Australia, however, the electricity price will rise with a predicted inflation of 1.75 percent.
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