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Department of Health: Mortality Monitoring bulletin

News   •   Oct 28, 2010 12:49 BST

(Life expectancy and all-age-all-cause mortality, and mortality from selected causes, overall and inequalities): Update to include data for 2009

* Document type: Report 
* Author: Department of Health 
* Published date: 28 October 2010 
* Publication format: A4 electronic only 
* Gateway reference: Not required 
* Pages: 40 
* Copyright holder: Crown

This statistical release updates previously published figures to include the most recent three year time period (2007-09) for which data are available. Three year averages are shown for life expectancy, and three-year average mortality rates for all causes of death, and selected specific causes of death. The specific causes of death are:
* cancer, ages under 75 
* all circulatory diseases, ages under 75 
* intentional self-harm (suicide) and injury of undetermined intent, all ages 
* accidents, all ages

For life expectancy, all cause mortality, and cancer and circulatory diseases mortality, figures for England are compared to the former Spearhead Group (i.e. areas which had the worst health and deprivation). These statistics were released on 28th October 2010 according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.

Key findings:

Life Expectancy at birth 

* Life expectancy in England has continued to increase for both males and females, reaching 78.0 and 82.1 years respectively in 2007-09. 
* Life expectancy in the former Spearhead Group (areas which had the worst health and deprivation) has also continued to increase for both males and females, however both the absolute and relative gaps with England have increased.

All-Age-All-Cause Mortality (AAACM) Rates
* AAACM rates in England for both males and females have continued to fall in 2007-09, decreasing to 673.5 deaths and 478.3 deaths per 100,000 population respectively. 
* AAACM rates in the former Spearhead Group have also decreased and the absolute gap with England has narrowed for males, but not for females.

Cancer Mortality, ages under 75
* Premature mortality rates from cancer for males and females in England have continued to decline, decreasing to 124.0 deaths and 101.2 deaths per 100,000 population respectively in 2007-09. 
* Cancer mortality rates in the former Spearhead Group have also decreased. The absolute gap with England narrowed over the ten years to 2007-09, but the relative gap has widened.

Mortality from Circulatory Diseases, ages under 75
* Premature mortality rates from circulatory diseases for males and females in England have continued to decline, decreasing to 99.4 deaths and 43.2 deaths per 100,000 population respectively in 2007-09. 
* Circulatory diseases mortality rates in the former Spearhead Group have also decreased. The absolute gap with England narrowed over the ten years to 2007-09, but the relative gap has widened.

Mortality from Suicide and Injury of Undetermined Intent, all ages
* The mortality rate from suicide and injury of undetermined intent in England decreased over the ten years to 2007-09 for both males and females, although for males the rate increased slightly since 2006-08. In 2007-09 rates were 12.2 and 3.6 deaths per 100,000 population for males and females respectively. The rate for persons increased from 7.8 deaths per 100,000 population in 2006-08 to 7.9 in 2007-09, back to the same level as in 2005-07. 

Mortality from Accidents, all ages
* There has been little change in the England mortality rate from accidents over recent years. In 2007-09 the rates were 21.2 and 10.2 deaths per 100,000 population for males and females respectively.

The full statistical release can be found at the following URL:
http://www.dh.gov.uk/en/Publicationsandstatistics/Publications/PublicationsStatistics/DH_120638

Notes:
* The titles of the publications on mortality monitoring have been altered slightly following the change in Government policy to abolish previous PSA targets. As an interim measure, the data presented in previous years will continue to be updated, though these are being presented as two bulletins rather than the three that were originally pre-announced for this year. The second bulletin, on infant mortality inequalities, is due for publication in December 2010. Next year's bulletin(s) will reflect consultations taking place over the next few months on outcomes monitoring related to the NHS White Paper and the proposed Public Health White Paper.

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