No change in health gap from 1900

The link between poverty and early death is as strong today as it was a century ago, a study shows. It found that despite major changes in the causes of death since the 1900s, the association between deprivation and mortality remains “firmly entrenched”. Dr Gregory, a senior lecturer at the University of Lancaster, looked at census and mortality data from England and Wales from the 1900s and compared that with data from 2001. It is possible that the health effects of poverty have passed through the generations, wrote Dr Ian Gregory in the British Medical Journal but one public health expert said inequalities may have even got worse.

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