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The headline findings from the report are clear. In 2019, life expectancy at birth in the UK was 82.9 years for a woman and 79.2 years for a man (the average for both was 81.1 years). These numbers look good, especially when compared with historical figures. In 1950, for example, the average life expectancy at birth for a UK citizen was 68.9 years. The combined effects of economic growth, better education and an improved NHS have delivered an extra 12 years of life. Impressive.

That is until you start comparing the UK with other European countries. When you do this, you find we have seen smaller increases in life expectancy than the western European average. Spain and Italy, for example, both had an average life expectancy at birth of 83.1 years in 2019. In France, it was 82.9 years, Sweden 82.8 years and Germany 81.2. The western European average life expectancy was a whole one year longer than in the UK.

Another important measure is what's known as healthy life expectancy - the years of life we spend in good health. The average healthy life expectancy for the UK in 2019 was 68.9 years, meaning that people in the UK spend an average 12.2 years living with some kind of illness. And again, when one compares the UK with other European nations, we perform poorly.

In fact, Britain has the worst healthy life expectancy of any other European country. We come bottom of the league table, alongside Monaco. We've seen a slower improvement in healthy life expectancy (3.6 years) than the western European average (5.8 years). And the situation for children is equally bad: the under-five mortality rate in the UK in 2019 was 4.1 deaths per 1,000 live births - one of the worst performances in western Europe, second only to Malta. Whatever metric one chooses, the UK's health performs worse than comparable European nations.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Sun Oct 18th, 2020 at 04:50:41 PM EST
Shame! SARS Covid-2 spreads through minorities living in poor housing condities and air quality. European environmental standards one of the motivations for Tories and PM Boris Johnson to prefer a no-deal Brexit.

Why Brexit? Micocosm of Isle of Dogs

Air Pollution and COVID-19: The Role of Particulate Matter in the Spread and Increase of COVID-19's Morbidity and Mortality

UK taken to Europe's highest court over air pollution | The Guardian - May 2018 |

by Oui on Sun Oct 18th, 2020 at 06:35:41 PM EST
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New publication ...

London the worst city in Europe for health costs from air pollution | The Guardian |

NO2, PM and ground-level ozone (O3) - also largely derived from diesel - are responsible for nearly 500,000 premature deaths across Europe every year.

London suffers the highest social cost, at £10.32bn a year, well ahead of other European cities such as Bucharest (£5.75bn), Berlin (£4.75bn), Warsaw (£3.83bn), Rome (£3.76bn) and Paris (£3.18bn).

by Oui on Wed Oct 21st, 2020 at 08:24:16 AM EST
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Isn't this all well known by now? Except for Monaco. Is there a reason for this, beyond meaningless statistics? (The way a single murder made Liechtenstein into one of the most dangerous countries in the world for that year.)
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sun Oct 18th, 2020 at 06:48:55 PM EST
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