Public spending cuts are linked to 120 000 excess deaths in England, study suggestsBMJ 2017; 359 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j5332 (Published 16 November 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;359:j5332
- Abi Rimmer
- The BMJ
Cuts to public spending on healthcare and social care are linked to around 120 000 excess deaths from 2010 to 2017, researchers have found. In a paper published in BMJ Open, they said that spending constraints had produce a substantial mortality gap in England.1
The study found that deaths in England fell by an average of 0.77% a year from 2001 to 2010 but then rose by an average of 0.87% a year from 2011 to 2014.
From 2010 to 2014 the NHS in England had a real terms annual increase in government funding of …