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Life expectancy gap between rich and poor in England widens

BMJ 2019; 364 doi: (Published 28 March 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;364:l1492
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

England has seen “significant widening” in life expectancy between rich and poor people, largely because of a fall in how long women in the most deprived parts of the country live, the latest figures show.1

The Office for National Statistics data show that life expectancy at birth of males living in England’s most deprived areas was 74.0 years in the years 2015 to 2017, whereas it was 83.3 years in the least deprived, a gap of 9.3 years. Women in the least deprived areas of England were expected to live 78.7 years in 2015-17, while those in the most affluent were expected to live 86.2 years, a gap of 7.5 …

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