Essential facts, stats and quotes relating to avoidable illness

Published on: 17th August 2015 | Updated on: 28th March 2022

This page contains facts, stats and quotes that LPC members may find useful when writing business cases or developing resources to support the commissioning of certain services.

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Office for National Statistics, Statistical bulletin: Avoidable mortality in England and Wales 2012 (May 2014)

  • The Office for National Statistics estimates that one in four of all deaths recorded in 2012 for England and Wales were ‘potentially avoidable’.

Frontier Economics, Estimating the costs of health inequalities: A report prepared for the Marmot Review (February 2010)

  • The costs of avoidable illness are staggering, currently estimated at around £60 billion per year.

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