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Life expectancy: White people in England and Wales had worst outcomes before pandemic, data show

BMJ 2021; 374 doi: (Published 27 July 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;374:n1886
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

White men and women in England and Wales had lower life expectancy at birth than all other ethnic groups, show new data for 2011 to 2014 from the Office for National Statistics have shown.1

People in the black African ethnic group had statistically significant higher life expectancy than most groups, the data show (table 1).

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Table 1

Life expectancy at birth by sex and ethnic group, England and Wales, 2011 to 2014

The analysis was the first in which the ONS has used linked 2011 census and death registration data to produce experimental national estimates of life expectancy and mortality …

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