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Concerns over premature deaths as millions die early

Every person in England loses a week of their lives to illnesses which could otherwise have been treated successfully, a study by the Health and Social Care Information Centre has shown.
Conditions such as heart disease, breast cancer, hepatitis C, tuberculosis and asthma claim thousands of lives, with more than one million years of life in total are lost prematurely across the whole of England.

The figures also showed a striking north-south divide, with people who live in the south of England less likely to die prematurely than people who live in the north, as well as indicating that men are more likely to die prematurely than women.

Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt said that: “There is a shocking variation in early and unnecessary deaths across the country which I am determined to start putting right as part of my ambition to save 30,000 lives a year by 2020. Local authorities have been given the power and budget to tackle the needs of their local population”.

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