A report by the British Medical Journal published just minutes ago links almost 120,000 ‘excess’ deaths – in England alone and across a period of just seven years – to Tory cuts in health and social care spending.
If those people – people who could have been alive today and are not, because of Tory decisions – were a town, they would be comfortably inside the top eighty most populous towns and cities in the whole UK.
A Tory councillor on BBC’s Question Time last week said that claims that Tory policies kill people were ‘inflammatory rubbish’. But now we have firm evidence that those claims have barely scratched the surface.
The death toll is huge – and the Tories will throw everything they can at this report to try to discredit it – just as they did when the UN condemned the government’s persecution and harm toward disabled people.
They must not be allowed to discredit, minimise or defuse the horrific truth of the consequences of their decisions.
As Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has frequently said, austerity is a political choice.
A choice that kills people.
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