New Study Claims Tory Austerity Led To 120,000 Needless Deaths

A report today has warned that Tory NHS and social care cuts are “economic murder” which have caused 120,000 deaths.

The study, by Oxford, Cambridge and University College London proved that the Conservatives’ health cuts could cause 100 unnecessary deaths every day.

Lawrence King, the professor of Cambridge University 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 study said there were 45,000 more deaths in the first four years of Tory-led efficiencies than would have been expected. The squeeze on public spending and the drop in nurses since 2010 has put over-60s and care home residents most at risk.

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Recently, the researchers concluded that since the time the real terms funding for health and social care fell under the Conservative-led Coalition Government in 2010, the significant increase in deaths is obvious.

The study also found the number of deaths in England fell by an average of 0.77% every year between 2001 and 2010 but rose by an average of 0.87% every year between 2011 and 2014. The researchers proved that 45,368 extra deaths occurred between 2010 and 2014 than would have been expected. It was predicted the next five years from 2015 to 2020 would account for 152,141 deaths – 100 a day – which was likened to “economic murder”.

Jonathan Ashworth MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, said: “This shocking mortality gap is a damning indictment of the dire impact which sustained Tory cuts to our NHS and social care services have had on health outcomes across the nation.”

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn asserted that over three years the additional funding for social care is expected to reach £2bn, to “patch up a small part of the damage” wrought by £4.6bn cuts.

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