Paris: Inequalities in early deaths between different parts of Britain have nearly surpassed those seen shortly before the economic crash of 1929 and the ensuing depression, a new study said on Friday."Inequalities continued to rise steadily during the first decade of the 21st century... and could become worse," warned the study, published in the British Medical Journal`s online edition.
The poorest people were 1.6 times more likely to die prematurely than the most affluent people in 1990-1. But by 2006-7, the worst off people were twice as likely to die before the richest.And despite a small reduction in inequalities around 2001, the trend was short-lived and inequalities for people up to 75 years old are now the highest ever reported since at least 1990."Although life expectancy for all people is increasing, the gap between the best and worst districts is continuing to increase," the researchers concluded."The economic crash of 2008 might precede even greater inequalities in mortality between areas in Britain."Bureau Report
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