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Glasgow has UK's highest death rate

Glasgow has topped the list of places with the highest mortality rate in the UK, new data has revealed.

The city recorded 1,389.1 deaths per 100,000 people last year, against a UK average of 982.5.

The Scottish council areas of West Dunbartonshire and North Lanarkshire also ranked high up the list, with 1,300.9 and 1,300.6 deaths per 100,000 respectively.

The data, compiled by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), showed that Blackpool had the highest mortality rate of any council area in England, with 1,287.8 deaths per 100,000, closely followed by Middlesbrough, with 1,285.4.

Apart from the City of London, the London borough of Kensington and Chelsea had the lowest mortality rate of any area of the UK, with just 667.4 deaths per 100,000.

In Wales, Blaenau Gwent had the highest mortality rate of any area, with 1,234.8 deaths per 100,000 people, and Monmouthshire had the lowest, with 872.6.

Belfast also recorded the highest mortality rate for Northern Ireland, with 1,139.3 deaths per 100,000, while Causeway Coast and Glens had the lowest, with 918.4.

The figures, taken from registered deaths in the UK in 2016, showed that Scotland recorded the most deaths of any UK nation, with an average 1,136.4 deaths per 100,000 people, followed by Wales (1,045.7) and Northern Ireland (1,015.9).

England recorded the lowest number of deaths on average, with 959.8 deaths per 100,000 people - slightly below the UK average of 982.5.

The "substantial variation in mortality rates between different local areas reflects underlying differences in factors such as income deprivation, socio-economic position and health behaviour," the ONS said.

The figures also showed the North East of England had the highest mortality rate of any English region (1,098.9 deaths per 100,000), compared with London, which had the lowest (858.8).

The West Midlands recorded the highest infant mortality rate of any UK region with 6.2 deaths per 1,000 live births, against a UK average of 3.9.

The South West ranked lowest for its rate of infant mortality, with just 3.1 deaths per 1,000 live births.

A spokesman for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde health board said: "Life expectancy is strongly associated with deprivation and Greater Glasgow and Clyde has high levels of deprivation.

"The area served by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde has seen improvements in the life expectancy of its population over recent years.

"However we are aware that some of our population living in the most deprived areas are not experiencing an increase in life expectancy as quickly as people living in well-off areas.

"As an NHS board we are working with our local authority partners to reduce poverty, for example through increasing employment, and to reduce the effects of poverty through a range of services and initiatives to prevent ill-health such as prevention of coronary heart disease, reduction of smoking rates, improvement in diet and physical activity, and both prevent and address the problems of drug and alcohol addiction."

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