People living in the poorest parts of the UK are more likely to die prematurely, BBC analysis shows. The mortality rate from avoidable causes is more than three times higher in some of the most deprived parts of the country than the most affluent.
Analysis found a strong correlation between deprivation and the number of people dying prematurely. Avoidable death rates range from 138 deaths per 100,000 in affluent areas such as Chiltern in Buckinghamshire, to 517 in the poorest parts of Belfast.
In England - Chiltern, South Oxfordshire, South Cambridgeshire and Hart in Hampshire had the lowest avoidable death rates. Places with the highest rates include Manchester, Blackpool, Middlesbrough, Hull and Liverpool. Hull also had the highest overall mortality rate in England and Wales, with 1,346 deaths per 100,000 people in 2017. The city replaced Blackpool as having the highest mortality rate.