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Austerity, suicide, and screening

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 18 September 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f5678
  1. Fiona Godlee, editor, BMJ
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The BMJ tries not to get into party politics. But parties have policies, and when those policies become government policies, and where there is evidence that a policy is harming health, we must speak as we find.

The policy in this case is austerity, and new evidence of its associated harm is published in the BMJ this week. Building on previous smaller studies, Chang and colleagues have examined data from 54 countries to examine the link between the 2008 global economic crisis and increased rates of suicide (doi:10.1136/bmj.f5239). By comparing the number of suicides reported in 2009 with the number expected based on trends before the …

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