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Health - Avoidable deaths

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Across Britain an average of 229 avoidable deaths was recorded for every 100,000 people between 2014 and 2016 – a total of around 138,000 people a year, the Office for National Statistics has reported.

Apart from accidents, suicides and murders, deaths are considered avoidable if they could have been prevented through effective and timely healthcare, by public health interventions, or by a combination of both. They include deaths from various types of cancer, heart disease, alcohol, drugs, and childbirth complications.