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Sixty seconds on . . . life expectancy

BMJ 2018; 362 doi: (Published 13 August 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;362:k3491
  1. Nigel Hawkes
  1. London

Is it really shrinking?

No, but it’s not growing as quickly as it was. And the UK’s slowdown in growth is greater than in any comparable country except the US.

Who says?

The Office for National Statistics has taken figures from the Human Mortality Database and standardised them for population size and age structure in different countries to allow a fair comparison.1

What does it show?

Comparing 2006-11 …

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