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British poor twice as likely to die prematurely compared to affluent people

 

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British poor twice as likely to die prematurely compared to affluent people

In parts of the UK, the gap in premature mortality is nearly exceeding the inequalities that existed just before the economic crash 0f 1929 and the depression of the 1930s, according to an article published in the BMJ (British Medical Journal).

These inequalities have continued to increase progressively throughout the first decade of this century, researchers revealed. There is evidence that things could get even worse.

Mortality inequalities in the UK have risen persistently, despite some government efforts to reverse the trend. The health gap reflects a growing gap between rich and poor, the authors report.

Researchers from the universities of Bristol and Sheffield assessed existing research on socioeconomic differences in mortality, as well as updated population estimates, and used a more accurate method to measure poverty. More …