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Manchester, Blackpool and Liverpool among the worst places for avoidable deaths

Manchester, Blackpool and Liverpool are amongst the worst towns in England for deaths under the age of 74 that could have been prevented by timely and effective healthcare or intervention. A report published by BBC's shared data unit found that people living in deprived parts of the UK are more likely to die prematurely.

These figures are a stark reminder of the huge health inequalities that exist between the north and south of England. It is scandalous that in 2018 people's life chances are still determined by the postcode of the bed they were born in.

– Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester

A spokesperson for the Department of Health and Social Care said more than £16bn was being invested in local government services to help tackle public health issues in addition to free NHS health checks and screening programmes. She said the government has also invested £98m in a healthy ageing programme to help people stay healthier for longer.