Letters Austerity and the rise of food banks

Paper on food banks does not justify a link to party politics

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h2343 (Published 07 May 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h2343
  1. Z Blake, general practitioner registrar1
  1. 1Norwich, UK
  1. zac.blake{at}doctors.org.uk

Your recent Editor’s Choice singles out David Cameron as “flummoxed” by questions about food banks in the leaders’ interviews.1 You then imply “a link between the current government’s austerity policies and food insecurity” when introducing Loopstra and colleagues’ paper.2

This paper shows that food bank establishment and activity correlates with markers of economic hardship and previous local food bank activity. The evidence …

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