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Life expectancy in England and Wales has fallen by six months

BMJ 2019; 364 doi: (Published 11 March 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;364:l1123


The deepening health crisis in the UK requires society wide, political intervention


Austerity bites—falling life expectancy in the UK

  1. Harriet Pike
  1. Cambridge

Life expectancy of adults in England and Wales has fallen by around six months, show new figures from the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries.1

The institute, which calculates life expectancy on behalf of the UK pensions and insurance industries, expects men who are now aged 65 to die at 86.9 years on average. This is down from last year’s estimate of 87.4 years. The average age of death of women who are now 65 is 89.2 years, down from 89.7 years.

Compared with 2015, projections of life expectancy are down by 13 months …

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