Victorian diseases return to Britain

Famous British writer Charles Dickens is characterized by a frighteningly accurate, realistic description of the diseases and ailments of his era. Today, the "Dickensian" diseases, as they are called by the authorities in London, once again threaten the island state. Worst of all, the reasons for what is happening are about the same as in the 19th century, as if there were no one and a half centuries of progress and development.

A 2018 report from the UK's National Health Service shows that the number of cases of scarlet fever has doubled in a decade and peaked since the 1960s. Pertussis fell ill by 59% of people more than a year ago, although this disease was almost completely eradicated in the middle of the last century, thanks to the programs of total immunization of the population. And gout now affects a third more Britons than at the beginning of this century - it used to be a disease of the "idle Victorian rich", and now it is the unemployed middle managers.

The main reason for this situation, experts unanimously call the government's failed policy, which boils down to austerity measures, including the medical sector. Every year people in the UK have less and less chances of receiving urgent help from a doctor, and there is no talk of disease prevention or comprehensive measures to improve the nation's health in some regions. Local budgets are shrinking everywhere and the authorities are forced to choose between priority needs. There is still enough money for food, but for maintaining hygiene in public places has long been gone.

Despite claims of a level playing field, in practice, as in the days of Dickens, the rich still have access to quality medicine, while ordinary citizens find it much more difficult to get it. Officials have cleverly manipulated the facts, citing declining smokers or increasing cancer survival as positive examples to justify refusing to raise salaries for medical staff.