Knock-on effects of economic downturn

ROAD traffic deaths have declined in those parts of Europe hardest hit by economic woes, as the business slow-down prompts people to drive less.

“Availability of organs for transplants, which are dependent on supply from motor vehicle accidents, have fallen substantially in Spain and Ireland where... road traffic deaths fell by more than 25% between 2007 and 2009,” UK researchers said. “Countries facing the most severe financial reversals of fortune, such as Greece and Ireland, had greater rises in suicides (17% and 13% respectively) than did the other countries.”

Lancet 2011; 378:124-25