Tackling deprivation is a national priority in Wales, says chief medical officer

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 03 December 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a2805
  1. Roger Dobson
  1. 1Abergavenny

    The gap between the most and least healthy regions in Wales is widening in terms of mortality from some diseases, says Tony Jewell, chief medical officer for Wales, in his annual report.

    The gap in cancer mortality, for example, has widened from a difference of 62 deaths per 100 000 people in 2001 to 78 per 100 000 in 2006.

    The all cause, all age death rate among women is higher in Wales than in the United Kingdom as a whole and the European Union, and the gap in women’s mortality between local authority areas is widening. “A 13 mile journey between Abertillery and Abergavenny should not mean a potential life expectancy difference of four …

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