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UK healthy life expectancy is not improving, data show

BMJ 2022; 376 doi: (Published 04 March 2022) Cite this as: BMJ 2022;376:o592
  1. Bryan Christie

No improvement is being made in reducing the number of years people across the UK live in poor health, and the situation is getting worse in some areas, official data show.

Release of the latest data from the Office for National Statistics1 led to immediate calls for a fundamental change in approach by the Westminster government to make improving health an explicit objective of every major policy decision.

The figures show that there …

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