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Frailty in older people worsened under austerity, study finds

ݮƵ 2024; 384 doi: (Published 08 February 2024) Cite this as: ݮƵ 2024;384:q348
  1. Adrian ’DǷɻ
  1. London

The speed at which England’s oldest adults became frailer accelerated during the UK government’s era of austerity politics in the 2010s, particularly those aged 85 and older, a study has found.

After many years of steady growth, increases in life expectancy in the UK have stalled since 2014 and fallen for some groups. Previous research has made a link between this pattern and austerity policies implemented as a response to the financial crisis of 2008-09.

Although NHS spending has been less affected, there were real term public spending cuts on welfare, local government funding, and social care as the coalition government introduced a period of “austerity” in 2010.

Researchers from the University of Edinburgh’s Advanced Care Research Centre analysed data from 16 410 people in the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing, a nationally representative sample of the English population aged …

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