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Hunter, David J. (2010). Commentary: Meeting the public health challenge in the age of austerity. Journal of Public Health 32(3): 309.

Author(s) from Durham

Abstract

This paper is a powerful wake-up call to the public health community which urgently needs to hone its political advocacy skills in the face of what lies ahead. Sadly, however, its central message is destined to go unheeded by governments throughout Europe, including the UK coalition government. Overnight, in the aftermath of events in Greece, these governments have gone from being enthusiastic Keynesian expansionists, approved of by the paper's authors, to equally enthusiastic Gradgrind contractionists. Despite a promising start when the global crisis first hit, it seems these governments have learned little from the lessons of previous economic downturns. With the coalition government acting in unseemly haste to cut the public spending deficit, in the firm belief that it is part of the problem rather than the solution, the threat …