The King’s Fund response to the ONS’s life expectancy statistics

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David Buck, Senior Fellow for Inequalities and Public Health at The King’s Fund, said:

‘It is truly shocking that female life expectancy at birth among the most deprived 10 per cent has fallen. It is an indictment of a lack of government focus and ambition on tackling health inequalities over a number of years, and is something we simply should not be seeing. It should act as a spur for the government to take action to reverse this decline.
‘It is also unacceptable that the gap in life expectancy between the most and least deprived people in England has widened. While reducing health inequality is possible, this is only likely to happen if there is a cross-government effort over a long period of time. So far, there have been few signs of this happening, and so the government urgently needs to commit to improving the lives of the poorest people in our society.’

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