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Registered deaths down 13% in 30 years

Written by: Thomas Smith
The number of registered deaths in the UK in 2013 was 576,458, down 13 per cent from the number in 1983, Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures for 2013 have revealed.

The decline was steeper for men, with a 15 per cent reduction compared to a 10 per cent decrease for females, however there have been increases in the number of deaths in the last couple of years.

The figures also revealed that the three largest groups of causes of death accounted for a smaller proportion of all deaths compared to 30 years ago.

The largest groups, circulatory diseases, cancers and respiratory diseases accounted for 71 per cent of UK deaths in 2013 compared to 87 per cent in 1983, although they accounted for eight of ten in England and Wales.

Cancer was the most common broad disease group in 2013, having overtaken circulatory diseases in 2010.

The majority of deaths registered were in the 80+ age group, with 46 per cent of male deaths and 63 per cent of female deaths being people over 80. In 1983, 59 per centdied between the ages of 60-79.

The proportion of male deaths at age 80 or over had doubled from the 1983 figure, while it increased by less than a third for women.

Deaths below the age of 60 accounted for 14 per cent of male deaths and 9 per cent of female deaths in 2013.

Age standardised mortality rates now stand at 1,183 deaths per 100,000 men and 865 deaths per 100,000 women.

Scotland’s figures were the highest in the United Kingdom, 1,354 deaths per 100,000 for men and for women it was 1,005 per 100,000.

This is 195 more deaths per 100,000 than England for men and 159 more deaths per 100,000 than England for women, which has the lowest rate.

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