Lifeblood is a good name for a charity. Especially a charity which aims to increase awareness of thrombosis.
This is what Lifeblood says:
In the UK, the Government has estimated that more than 25,000 deaths occur each year because of VTE, acknowledging that this accounts for more than the combined deaths attributable to breast cancer, HIV, and road traffic accidents. Source.
It sounds OK. If it is true. But is it true? Where did the House of Commons Health Committee get its figures from? Could it have been from Lifeblood by any chance? Perhaps not. This is what Lifeblood stated in their evidence to the Health Committee:
In the UK VTE causes around 32,000 deaths each year.
So what is the real figure. Is it 32,000 or 25,000? Or could it quite possibly be very substantially less? It would be interesting to know what the Office for National Statistics says. Does anybody out there know?