Written by : Andrew Gregory
Tory NHS and social care cuts are “economic murder” and could cause 100 unnecessary deaths a day without emergency funds, warns a report today.
Already 120,000 Brits have died needlessly since 2010, claim researchers at three top universities.
The joint study, by Oxford, Cambridge and University College London, is the first of its kind to link cuts in government health and social care spending to higher mortality rates in England. MPs and campaign groups described the findings as “shocking”.
Cambridge University’s Professor Lawrence King, who contributed to the study, said: “ Austerity does not promote growth or reduce deficits – it is bad economics. It is also a public health disaster. It is not an exaggeration to call it economic murder.”
The squeeze on public spending and the drop in nurses since 2010 has put over-60s and care home residents most at risk, says the study
Published in the British Medical Journal’s BMJ Open, it found that between 2001 and 2010 the number of nurses rose on average 1.61% a year.
From 2010 to 2014, with the Tories in power, the rise was just 0.07% – 20 times lower than the previous decade.