Britain has issued a "humanitarian crisis" warning.

The National Health Service warns that there is an unprecedented risk of more deaths from cold homes this winter.

The National Health Service (NHS) Confederation warned on Friday that the UK could face a "humanitarian crisis" involving ill health, excess deaths, and rising inequality if the government does not take immediate action to address rising energy bills.

The organization wrote to the chancellor of the exchequer, claiming that failure to act would put additional strain on already overburdened health services. If energy bills become unaffordable, the NHS says the country's health and social care system will be left to "pick up the pieces."

"The country is in the grip of a humanitarian crisis." Many people may have to choose between skipping meals to heat their homes and living in cold, damp, and unpleasant conditions," wrote NHS chief executive Nadhim Zahawi. "This, in turn, could lead to outbreaks of illness and sickness across the country, widening health disparities, reducing children's life chances, and leaving an indelible mark on local communities."

The NHS stated that, in addition to increasing sickness, widespread fuel poverty would "increase the already high number of annual deaths associated with cold homes." It was also mentioned that the situation could have an impact on mental health.

"Health leaders are clear that unless the government takes immediate action, this will result in a public health emergency," Zahawi said.

The warning comes as energy bills for the average British household are expected to rise to more than £4,200 ($4,960) per year after the next price cap increase in January 2023. It was set at £1,400 ($1,653) in October of last year.

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