How many people have died because of austerity?

Some readers may be acquainted with the book The Body Economic by David Stuckler and Sanjay Basu. It examines how austerity and policies of austerity costs lives.

I’m trying to get a handle on many Irish lives have been lost due to the austerity policies followed by our government here in Ireland. Is anybody doing any work in this area – or willing to do some work in this area?

Last week, Prof Trevor Duffy of the Irish Medical Organisation claimed that people had died because of cutbacks and at the Irish Hospital Consultants’ Association AGM in Cork, Dr Gerard Crotty said that people had died unnecessarily because they had been forced to wait on trolleys.

But is it quantifiable?

Has anybody out there got some stats or a way of measuring the extent of mortality due to cutbacks?

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