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Medical report finds health inequality gap ‘greater than in 1920s’

26th July 2010

A new report claims to have found a greater health inequality gap in Britain than during the 1920s and 1930s.

The British Medical Journal (BMJ) study found that despite a continued rise in life expectancy, the gap between the richest and poorest in the UK is actually widening.

Researchers looked at mortality data for England and Wales, from the Office for National Statistics, and for Scotland, obtained from the General Register Office for Scotland.

It concluded that the economic downturn of 2008 may be responsible for this increase in inequality, as was the case in the lead-up and aftermath of the market crash of 1929.

Lead researcher Professor Danny Dorling said: “Health and wealth are directly linked and, unless we tackle the income gap, we could well see life expectancy actually starting to fall for the first time in the poorest areas.”

This comes after a National Audit Office report from earlier this month also concluded that the average life expectancy between the UK’s richest and poorest is widening.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-800005321-ADNFCR

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