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Increase in life expectancy in England has halted, new figures show

BMJ 2017; 358 doi: (Published 18 July 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;358:j3473
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

The increase in life expectancy in England has almost “ground to a halt” since 2010 and austerity measures are likely to be a significant contributor, a leading expert on public health has said.

The warning came from Michael Marmot, director at University College London’s Institute of Health Equity, after new indicators showed that the rate of increase in life expectancy in England has almost halved since 2010 and is close to stalling.1

The institute’s analysis of the latest figures showed that life expectancy at birth in England was 79.38 years in males and 83.06 in females in 2013-15. This is only a slight increase from 78.31 in males and 82.33 in females in 2010. Until now, life expectancy has risen steadily …

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