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Inequalities and Christmas Yet to Come

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 08 December 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:1409
  1. Danny Dorling, professor of human geography (,
  2. Richard Mitchell, deputy director,
  3. Scott Orford, lecturer in geographical information systems and spatial analysis,
  4. Mary Shaw, reader in medical sociology,
  5. George Davey Smith, professor of clinical epidemiology
  1. University of Sheffield, Sheffield S10 2TN
  2. Research Unit In Health, Behaviour and Change, University of Edinburgh Medical School, Edinburgh EH8 9AG
  3. School of City and Regional Planning, Glamorgan Building, Cardiff University, Cardiff CF10 3WA
  4. Department of Social Medicine, University of Bristol, Bristol BS8 2PR

    Editor—On 10 November National Statistics released new life expectancy figures by area and announced that “Inequalities in life expectancy persist across the UK.”

    “Persist” was an odd word to use. In Kensington and Chelsea, where it was already highest, it rose by exactly one year for both men and women (from 79.8 to 80.8 years and 84.8 to 85.8 years, respectively). In contrast, …

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