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BMA News reports that the soaring unemployment across Europe caused by the recession and austerity measures has had a major effect on public health and health (in)equalities. Professor Sir Michael Marmot, author of the Fair Society, Healthy Lives report has said that for every 1 per cent rise in unemployment in Europe there was a 0.8 per cent rise in suicides. He said "As a result of economic policy, people are killing themselves – they are killing each other. But the good news is there is a drop in traffic deaths – people can’t afford to drive a car."
Can we clearly correlate the two? I am sure Professor Marmot knows a great deal more than me! What other health problems or public health issues does austerity bring with it? What have you observed at your place of work?