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Gap in life expectancy between classes narrows, but disparity in disease-free years remains

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 03 March 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:498
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. London

    Men and women living in the poorest areas of England not only die younger than those living in more affluent districts, they also spend twice as many years in poor health, says a report in Health Statistics Quarterly, a publication of the Office for National Statistics.

    The gap between life expectancy in rich and poor areas has narrowed slightly in recent years, concludes the author, Madhavi Bajekal, but the gap in disease-free life expectancy is far wider and showed no sign of movement between 1994 and 1999, when the data were collected.

    Dr Bajekal's conclusions are based on the annual health survey for …

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