Sir Michael and his team found, shockingly, that 'overall, inequalities in avoidable deaths increased markedly between 2010 and 2017 in the most deprived areas in England,
by 8% among females and 17% among males'.
He said that the main causes of these avoidable deaths relate to respiratory and cardiovascular disease and injuries.
However, he also found that 'another important cause of avoidable mortality is suicide and suicidal behaviour (self-harm), and this is also more common in more deprived communities than in wealthier areas, as well as more common for men than women.'
'Among men, the region with the highest suicide rate in 2018 was the North East (20.4 per 100,000); this suicide rate was significantly higher than in London and the South East, the areas with the lowest suicide rates for males. For females, the highest suicide rates in 2018 were in Yorkshire and the Humber and the South West (both 5.7 per 100,000) and the lowest rate was seen in London (4.1 per 100,000 for women).'
Britain in 2020, a country where, according to Sir Michael :
'The risk of avoidable mortality is at least three times higher for women and men living in the most deprived local areas compared with those living in the least deprived areas.'