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Letters Premature deaths across England

Austerity measures hit the sickest hardest

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 02 July 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f4208
  1. David Taylor-Robinson, Medical Research Council population health scientist1,
  2. Rachael Gosling, consultant in public health2,
  3. Dominic Harrison, director of public health3,
  4. Mohammed Khan, deputy leader and executive member for health and adult social care 3,
  5. Ben Barr, senior clinical lecturer in applied public health1
  1. 1Department of Public Health and Policy, University of Liverpool, Liverpool L69 3GB, UK
  2. 2Liverpool Community Health NHS Trust, Liverpool, UK
  3. 3Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, Blackburn, UK
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Torjesen highlights the stark inequality in life expectancy shown on the Longer Lives website ( The north of England is coloured red and labelled with the “worst” premature mortality, whereas the green fields of the south …

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