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The cost of living crisis: Five minutes with . . . Parth Patel

BMJ 2023; 381 doi: (Published 26 April 2023) Cite this as: BMJ 2023;381:p952
  1. Elisabeth Mahase
  1. The BMJ

Parth Patel, senior research fellow at the Institute for Public Policy Research, explains what doctors can do to tackle the health effects of rising prices

“What we’re seeing at the moment is the largest decline in living standards since records began in 1950. Only the richest 5% of households in this country are expected to see their incomes grow over the next two years.

“That is unprecedented. Everyone else will see their incomes at a household level go down. And of the poorest 20% of households, three in every four report going without food or other essentials—toiletries, tampons, clothing. These things will have an impact on the health of …

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