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Professor Carol Brayne, CPH's co-director, and Professor Martin McKee of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, have written an opinion article in the BMJ arguing that public health is facing a "Spartacus moment" in the face of divisive government policies.


"The evidence of the harm that is being done by current policies and systems is overwhelming," they write. "While one can quibble about the precise numbers, there is now no doubt that by choosing to impose and maintain a policy of austerity since 2010, successive governments have created the conditions that led to tens of thousands of premature deaths, with life expectancy in the UK falling further behind that in many comparable countries."


Brayne and McKee talk about what public health researchers and practitioners need to do in the face of this adversity.


Read more on the BMJ's website.