04 August 2012

Austerity policies in Europe have been a health as well as an economic failure, with increasing numbers of suicides and, where cuts in health budgets are being imposed, increasing numbers of people unable to access care.

These are the conclusions of an article in the latest edition of Clinical Medicine by Professor Martin Mckee FRCP and Marina Karanikolos (London School of Hygiene & European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies), Paul Belcher (RCP senior adviser, EU government affairs) and David Stuckler (University of Cambridge).

The paper was written to contribute to forthcoming discussions among health policy leaders in Europe that will take place at the 15th European Health Forum in Austria in October 2012 on the theme ‘Crisis and Opportunity – Health in an Age of Austerity.’

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