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Sharp rise in the number of Brits dying in Thailand, according to official stats

 

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The British government has released comprehensive data on the number of UK nationals who have died in Thailand from 2014 to 2016

 

In response to a Freedom of Information request, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has released information about about the numbers of British citizens who have died in Thailand 2014 – 2016, broken down by age and circumstances of death.  

 

The figures below are for all those British nationals where the FCO has been made aware of the death, the report says.

The data is split into five age categories: 0 – 15 years,  16 – 30 years, 31 – 50 years; 50+ years; Unknown.

 

And lists a range of different causes of death such as, Accidental, Drowning, Hospital death, Murder or manslaughter and Suicide.


The figures show a considerable increase in the number of of British nationals in the 50+ age group who have died in Thailand.

According to the data, in 2014 263 Brits aged 50+ died in Thailand, with the biggest cause of death recorded as ‘Natural Death’.

In 2015, the number of deaths jumped to 281.

 

However, in 2016, 378 Brits aged 50+ died in Thailand, with the most common cause of death recorded as ‘unknown’ (142).

 

This recent data confirms previously released stats that an average of more than one Brit per day dies in Thailand each year.

 

British citizens who have died in Thailand

Published 16 August 2017
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British national deaths in Thailand, broken down by age: 0 – 15 years

2014

2015

2016

Death – Accidental

0

0

0

Death – Drowning

0

0

0

Death – Execution

0

0

0

Death – Hospital death

0

0

0

Death – Missing

0

0

0

Death – Murder or manslaughter

0

0

0

Death – Natural death

1

1

1

Death – None [1]

0

0

0

Death – Road traffic accident

0

0

0

Death – Suicide

0

0

0

Death – Unknown [2]

0

1

0

Death – In custody

0

0

0

 

British national deaths in Thailand, broken down by age: 16 – 30 years

 

2014

 

2015

 

2016

Death – Accidental

4

2

1

Death – Drowning

0

0

1

Death – Execution

0

0

0

Death – Hospital death

0

0

1

Death – Missing

0

0

1

Death – Murder or manslaughter

2

0

0

Death – Natural death

1

3

0

Death – None

0

0

0

Death – Road traffic accident

2

2

2

Death – Suicide

3

1

0

Death – Unknown

7

4

6

Death – In custody

0

0

0

 

British national deaths in Thailand, broken down by age: 31 – 50 years

 

2014

 

2015

 

2016

Death – Accidental

5

7

3

Death – Drowning

0

0

0

Death – Execution

0

0

0

Death – Hospital death

0

0

0

Death – Missing

0

0

3

Death – Murder or manslaughter

0

0

0

Death – Natural death

9

9

4

Death – None

0

0

1

Death – Road traffic accident

7

4

2

Death – Suicide

2

5

2

Death – Unknown

16

12

15

Death – In custody

0

0

1

 

British national deaths in Thailand, broken down by age: 50+ years

 

2014

 

2015

 

2016

Death – Accidental

4

2

6

Death – Drowning

0

0

1

Death – Execution

0

0

0

Death – Hospital death

0

0

60

Death – Missing

0

0

14

Death – Murder or manslaughter

0

1

0

Death – Natural death

180

185

135

Death – None

0

0

5

Death – Road traffic accident

5

6

4

Death – Suicide

6

4

9

Death – Unknown

68

83

142

Death – In custody

0

0

2

 

British national deaths in Thailand, broken down by age: Unknown

 

2014

 

2015

 

2016

Death – Accidental

1

2

2

Death – Drowning

0

0

0

Death – Execution

0

0

0

Death – Hospital death

0

0

5

Death – Missing

0

0

4

Death – Murder or manslaughter

0

0

1

Death – Natural death

9

15

11

Death – None

0

0

1

Death – Road traffic accident

1

3

0

Death – Suicide

0

0

0

Death – Unknown

11

3

6

Death – In custody

0

0

0

       

[1] ‘Death – None’ means the FCO have no further information

[2] ‘Death – Unknown’ means the cause of death is not known

     
 

 

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Source: GOV UK

 
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There is a very scary amount of "unknown" cause of death there. Given they are official Embassy statistics, how can they not know what caused the death? I thought there was supposed to be an official inquiry in such circumstances. Another category that has been missed from the list is "visited Koh Tao."

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16 minutes ago, darksidedog said:

There is a very scary amount of "unknown" cause of death there. Given they are official Embassy statistics, how can they not know what caused the death? I thought there was supposed to be an official inquiry in such circumstances.

The British Embassy doesn't do forensics and postmortems maybe?

 

The 'official inquiry' is a coroners enquiry after the body has been returned to the UK. If the body is interred or cremated locally, that's it.

 

A coroner will usually hold an inquest in England or Wales if the cause of death is unknown or if it was sudden, violent or unnatural.

 

I am more concerned about the significant jump in natural deaths for the over 50's. I am well into that demographic and already do a Risk Assessment before taking a dump.

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Glad all the other world Governments dont do the same might be a little embarrasing for Thailand ! good to see the Brits dont come here to commit suicide in large numbers, apparently England appears to be as concernd as Thailand about deaths letting so many deaths being reported as unknown causes 

 

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1 minute ago, Father Fintan Stack said:

Cocktails on the lawn, soirées and appeasing the little brown fellows in uniforms is the order of the day.

 

I'm sure the British government cares not a jot about its own citizens other than forcing them to accept millions of unskilled illegal migrants and prove they are worthy of handouts so they can queue at a food bank to get a tin of beans.

 

Overseas they care even less.

Agree 100% With ALL You Write....

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36 minutes ago, les Dennis said:

Why is there so many unknown ?

 

was related to me quite a while ago that doctors here just list 'cancer' as cause of death when they do not know

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According to those stats no 50+ Brits died in hospital in 2014 or 2015.

 

But, suddenly, 60 of them died in hospital in 2016.

 

One suspects that the reason for the overall "sharp rise" is something to do with changes in the way that the stats are gathered/recorded.

 

 

 

 

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9 minutes ago, Mango Bob said:

People come here thinking they can do things here they would never try to do back home.

For some reason scores of people think if you jump off a building

in Thailand you will be able to fly like a bird....

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