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UK rate of avoidable deaths is higher than EU average

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: (Published 07 June 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i3196
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. The BMJ

Around a third of the 1.7 million deaths of people under the age of 75 in the European Union in 2013 were avoidable, with heart attacks (184 800 deaths) and strokes (94 000) accounting for nearly half (48%) of all premature deaths, show data from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.1

The United Kingdom ranked 16th of 28 member states in terms of premature …

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