We’ve diseases we thought were confined to Victorian, D**kensian, times making a reappearance in modern Britain. Something indeed should be done. The question is, obviously enough, what is it that should be? It’s not wholly obvious that the Labour Party’s response is correct here:
There has been a sharp rise in hospital visits for diseases that were common during the Victorian era, such as scarlet fever, whooping cough and gout, research reveals. Despite certain illnesses virtually being eradicated in the 1950s, hospital attendances for some “Victorian diseases” have risen by 52% since 2010-11, an increase of over 3,000 admissions a year.
Calling gout a disease is a bit misleading. It’s not infectious, for example. It’s certainly genetically related and also to lifestyle – a predisposition plus a port-laden diet will do it. It’s also not really Victorian. Whatever the truth here it’s connected in the volk-mind with the Georgians. The very much more temperate diets of the Victorians just aren’t associated with it in the same manner.
The others, yes, they are indeed diseases and ones we really did think we’d got rid of.
The research, conducted by the Labour party, was verified by the House of Commons library. Jonathan Ashworth, the shadow health and social care secretary, said: “D**kensian diseases on the rise in Tory Britain today. Isn’t it shameful and as socialists we must respond.” He added: “The damning truth is austerity is making our society sicker. It means the poor die younger. Since 2010, while food banks scatter across the land admission to hospital for malnutrition have increased by 54%. 2,539 people were diagnosed with tuberculosis last year.”
Of the three, scarlet fever, whopping cough and TB, two are prevented by vaccine. Who is it that doesn’t have the vaccines in our society? That’s the flatulent tosspottery of the anti-vaxxers, the idiot middle classes and their naturalness. Bring millions of migrants into a population less than fully vaccinated and?
Quite, this is nothing at all to do with austerity nor b’stard Tories. It’s a deeper point about the society and how it has been changing.
This is not, by the way, to say that the changes have been bad in themselves, only to point out that everything, but everything, has costs as well as benefits. The return of these diseases is indeed due to the importation of the vector itself, plus the idiocy of a substantial enough section of society in not protecting against them.
As to what should be done about it all, we here suggest a damn good slap around the ear for that more stupid end of Mumsnet.