Fall in avoidable deaths slows down

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numbers of avoidable deaths in Yorkshire have fallen by nearly a third over 12 years, latest figures reveal.

The Office for National Statistics said numbers fell by 31 per cent from 2001 among men to fewer than 7,000 in 2013 and by 26 per cent among women to 4,600 in 2013 in the region.

But it said that, while rates nationally fell significantly in each year between 2001 and 2012, for the first time there was no major change in rates between 2012 and 2013 for men. Rates for women also fell only slightly for the third time over the period.

Overall, around 23 per cent of 507,000 deaths in England and Wales in 2013 were avoidable through good quality healthcare or wider public health interventions among them vaccinations or lifestyle changes. Around 60 per cent were in men.

There was a fall in deaths from cardiovascular disease of 52 per cent over the period among adults but of only 17 per cent in deaths from cancer.

The greatest decrease in avoidable deaths was in London, where rates for men fell 38 per cent and for women were down by 36 per cent. The smallest decrease was in the south west, where rates for men and women fell by 27 per cent and 23 per cent respectively.