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Austerity is linked to rising mortality among older pensioners

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i1534 (Published 16 March 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i1534
  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. London

Cuts to benefits for poorer pensioners have been linked to rising mortality rates among those aged 85 and above, in a study published in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine.1

A long term decline in the mortality of people aged 85 years and over has occurred in England, but this reversed in 2010 among men and in 2011 among women, and by 2013 mortality rates were 4% higher in men and 6.1% higher in women than in 2010. Public Health England attributed the rise to an especially cold winter and prolonged flu season in 2012, but it did not examine possible links to government austerity …

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