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Letters Premature deaths across England

Time to focus on positive health indicators to reduce health inequalities

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 02 July 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f4210
  1. Michael C Watson, associate professor in public health1,
  2. Emily Clare Watson, general practitioner registrar2
  1. 1University of Nottingham, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham NG7 2HA, UK
  2. 2Barnsley Hospital, Barnsley, UK
  1. michael.watson{at}

This “shocking variation in early and unnecessary deaths” across England is not a surprise to those working in public health.1 Inequality in health is a well established problem, and a wealth of varied sources of information is readily available.2 3 More than 30 years ago the delegates of a World Health Organization global …

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