British society is among the world’s most harmful to its citizens

18 Mar

Metro

Decisions made by politicians in the UK lead to avoidable deaths, a University of Birmingham academic has claimed (Picture Getty) Decisions made by politicians in the UK lead to avoidable deaths, a University of Birmingham academic has claimed (Picture Getty)

Political policies including austerity measures have turned Britain into one of the world’s most harmful societies to its own citizens.

Choices made by politicians in Britain have led to an increase in preventable injuries and deaths, according to new research from the University of Birmingham.

Alongside the U.S. and Australia, Britain is one of the world’s most harmful societies, according the University’s Dr Simon Pemberton.

Dr Pemberton said: ‘Every year, thousands of adults and children in the UK die or are injured as a result of preventable events.

‘For example, more than 18,000 people in England and Wales die because of the effects of winter, while 29,000 lives are ended prematurely from air pollution and 13,000 people across Britain die from lung disease or cancers contracted via the workplace.

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