Has austerity really killed 120,000 people?

Screenshot of tweets quoting the 120,000 deaths figure

THE FIGURE

From Watkins, J., Wulaningsih, W., Da Zhou, C., Marshall, D., Sylianteng, G., Dela Rosa, P., Miguel, V., Raine, R., King, L. and Maruthappu, M. (2017). Effects of health and social care spending constraints on mortality in England: a time trend analysis. BMJ Open, 7(11), p.e017722.

What has been going with mortality rates?

THIS STUDY COULDN’T PROVE CAUSALITY

LIFE EXPECTANCY IS IMPROVING BUT NOT AS FAST AS BEFORE

THE UK REMAINS CLOSE TO FRANCE AND GERMANY AND DESPITE HIGHER HEALTHCARE SPENDING THE USA LAGS IN LIFE EXPECTANCY

THE LAST FEW DECADES HAVE SEEN IMPROVEMENTS IN CARDIOVASCULAR HEALTH FOR OLDER AND MALE PATIENTS BUT ALSO SEVERE INFLUENZA EPIDEMICS

IT’S BEEN A PATTERN OF MEDICINE THAT WE HAVE BEEN INCREASING LIFE EXPECTANCY

https://www.theonion.com/world-death-rate-holding-steady-at-100-percent-1819564171

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