Letters Office for National Statistics cuts

Cuts to the Office for National Statistics will damage the health of the nation

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f7164 (Published 04 December 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f7164
  1. Mike Hobday, director of policy and research1
  1. 1Macmillan Cancer Support, London SE1 7UQ, UK
  1. mhobday{at}macmillan.org.uk

In his article protesting against proposed cuts to outputs from the Office for National Statistics, Hawkes argues that statistics are the lifeblood of policy.1 He’s right, of course, but it is not just policy that will suffer if we lose these data: ultimately people will.

For example, one year and five year cancer survival by age for England, an output at risk, provides Macmillan Cancer Support with unique information on …

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