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Doctors call for action on poverty to reverse stalled life expectancy in Scotland

BMJ 2019; 367 doi: (Published 29 November 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;367:l6760
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

Public health doctors have called for urgent action from government to tackle stalled life expectancy in Scotland.

Experts have identified low incomes faced by many people in Scotland as the leading cause of the trend, with those in the poorest areas living shorter lives than seven years ago.

At its annual conference in Dunblane, the Faculty of Public Health called for “sustained action” on poverty across all public policy making.

President of the faculty, Maggie Rae, said: “Many people are trying to survive on low …

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