The Spectator

Barometer | 14 June 2018

Text settings
Comments

Mortal combat

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt promised more protection for medical staff accused of criminal malpractice after a doctor was struck off over a boy’s death from sepsis. How many people die as a result of inadequate healthcare?

— In 2016, the ONS listed 141,101 out of 597,206 UK deaths as ‘avoidable mortality’, which was 24 per cent of the total.

— The leading causes were neoplasms (cancer and non-cancerous growths), cardiovascular disease, injuries, respiratory diseases and drug use.

— Among children, 1,674 out of 4,995 deaths were judged avoidable.

— The highest rate was in Merthyr Tydfil (384.4 per 100,000 population) and the lowest in Monmouthshire (232.4).

Nation stats

Who has the best all-time match-winning record at the football World Cup?

WON/DRAWN/LOST

Brazil

70/17/17

Germany

66/20/20

Italy

45/21/17

Argentina

42/14/21

Spain

29/12/18

England

26/20/16

France

28/12/19

Netherlands

27/12/11

Which team has most reason to fear the new VAR (Video Assistant Referee)?

YELLOW CARDS/RED CARDS

Argentina

111/8

Germany

110/5

Brazil

97/10

Italy

90/7

Netherlands

90/3

And which World Cup was best-attended?

1994

USA 68,991

2014

Brazil 52,918

2006

Germany 52,491

1970

Mexico 50,124

1974

West Germany 49,098

Mortal combat

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are to visit Fiji and Tonga as part of their first foreign trip as a married couple. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh made the same trip in 1953, six months after the Queen’s coronation. Tonga will have some challenge in keeping up to the standards set on that occasion, when a feast for the couple was laid out on four tables, each 100 yards long and laden with yams, lobsters and 2,000 suckling pigs. They could, however, improve on the range of drinks — in 1953 the only one on offer was coconut milk.