SEMINAR – Austerity: An Experiment on the People of Europe

The Institute of Health and Wellbeing is pleased to invite you to our next seminar on Monday 7 October 2013

Presenter: Professor Martin McKee, Professor of European Public Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Time: 10.30am, refreshments will be served 20mins beforehand – **please note this is a morning seminar

Venue: Level 5 Suite, Sir Alwyn Williams Building Lilybank Gardens G12

Chair: Professor Alastair Leyland

Austerity isn’t working. It isn’t good for the economy – the UK economy is still well below what it was pre-crisis while the economies of Greece and Spain rapidly descending into a downward spiral. And it certainly isn’t good for health, with suicides rising across Europe and epidemics of HIV and the re-emergence of malaria in Greece.
In this talk, Martin McKee show how the intellectual underpinnings of austerity have now been demolished and will make the case for investing to achieve growth. He will then look at the contested historical record of past recessions to ask why economists and health professionals reached different conclusions from the same data. Next he will then review the alarming health consequences of austerity in Europe now and what can be done to mitigate its effects.
Finally, he will explore the ideological motives that lead some politicians to still support austerity and how they and others have used the classic tactics of denialism to shape the public debate in their favour.
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