Tuesday 7 August 2018 / 12:13 PM Health

Life expectancy figures expose the terrible effects of austerity policies imposed by the Government since 2010 – Madders

Justin Madders MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Minister, responding to today’s ONS figures showing that increases in life expectancy in the UK have stalled since 2011 and the slowdown is one of the biggest among 20 of the world’s leading economies, said:

“This slowdown in improvements in life expectancy exposes the terrible effects of austerity policies imposed by the Government since 2010.

“It is simply astonishing that the UK is now falling so far behind other countries. It is an appalling sign of the Government’s failure to improve people’s life chances as years of underfunding in health and social care take their toll.

“The next Labour government will ensure our health and care system is properly funded so all children are given the best possible start in life, and older people are treated with the respect and dignity they deserve.”