A while back we wrote a blog with the alarming title,
Terrorism kills fewer than Iain Duncan Smith.
We were making the simple point that visceral events that get onto the television are not necessarily the ones you need to be worried about.
Often scary events like terrorist attacks are a distraction and far more lives are quietly lost by more mundane occurrences, like changes in government policy. In that particular blog, we compared terror-related deaths to the number of deaths caused by Tory Welfare changes. Not surprisingly, terrorism was far less dangerous than being declared fit for work.
A report was released this week that showed a similar gruesome consequence of harsh government policy decisions.
The British Medical Journal just published a paper suggesting that, in England, spending cuts since 2010 will be responsible for an additional 152,141 deaths in the decade up to 2020.
The researchers came to this figure by looking at health and social care resources and finances for England from 2001 to 2014. They found that Spending constraints between 2010 and 2014 were associated with an estimated 45,368 higher than expected number of deaths compared with pre-2010 trends.
Since 2010, England has experienced relative constraints in public expenditure on health and social care due to Tory austerity.
The researchers concluded that spending constraints, especially in social care, are associated with a substantial mortality gap.
So, in the last few years, while most of us have been distracted by more newsworthy threats, simple spending cuts have quietly led to the early demise of a significant number of vulnerable people.
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