“[…] Death rates in England and Wales had been falling since the 1970s, but this trend reversed in 2011 when mortality rates started rising. […] new figures show 2015 saw the biggest increase in the national death rate for decades […] the increase in deaths could be the biggest since World War II. […] We have seen excessive mortality – especially among women – since 2012 […]”
They have no idea why. The austerity part is just their best guess. It’s all speculation, merely ‘suspicions’, not one bit more scientific than what I would be most inclined to point at. Maybe less.
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