Scotland improves its health record

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: (Published 16 September 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:710

Deaths from heart attacks in people under the age of 65 fell by 15% in Scotland last year, leading the chief medical officer, Dr Robert Kendell, to predict that the country may soon shed its reputation as one of the unhealthiest nations in the Western world.

In his annual report for 1994 Dr Kendell highlighted a range of improvements. Average life expectancy increased by seven months, and mortality from heart disease across all ages fell by 9%. Infant mortality, …

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