The King's Fund responds to 'disturbing drop-off' in UK life expectancy

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Responding to the latest ONS data on UK life expectancy, Dr Veena Raleigh, Senior Fellow at The King's Fund, said:

'These figures show a disturbing drop-off in UK life expectancy improvements. Although improvements have stalled across large parts of Europe, UK life expectancy remains lower than in many comparable countries, especially for women. In recent years the UK has shown the least improvement in life expectancy of all European countries.

'The evidence suggests it’s likely that several factors have caused the slowdown, for example a Europe-wide spike in flu-related deaths reported for 2015 and a general slowing over recent years in the decline in mortality rates for diseases such as heart attack and stroke.

'Some of these patterns are reported in other countries and we must work internationally to understand the causes. We also need to investigate why life expectancy improvements are worse in UK.'

The King’s Fund recently published an online briefing which asks, ‘what is happening to life expectancy in the UK?’

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