FAILINGS in the NHS and “excess deaths” in the tens of thousands could be attributed to austerity measures, a new research paper suggested.
The study suggested a staggering 30,000 excess deaths could be implicated in slashed health and social care budgets.
An “unprecedented” spike in mortality rates across England and Wales in 2015 sparked the need for investigation.
The researchers from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of Oxford and Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council said that 2015 saw the largest rise in mortality rates in 50 years.
A new research paper suggested 30,000 deaths were caused by NHS budget cuts
In their paper they wrote: “The long-term decline in mortality in England and Wales has reversed, with approximately 30,000 extra deaths compared to what would be expected if the average age-specific death rates in 2006 to 2014.
The teams looked at hospital waiting times, ambulance call out times, and cancelled operations to determine the deadly statistics.
The experts ruled out data errors, cold weather, and flu as potential causes for the lethal spike, concluding that the problems pointed towards failures in healthcare.
They stated: “The evidence points to a major failure of the health system, possibly exacerbated by failings in social care”.
“Our findings should be seen in the context of the worsening financial situation of the NHS“
“Since the 2010 election, the impact of cuts resulting from the imposition of austerity on the NHS has been profound.