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Child mortality highest in UK

25th May 2010

Figures published in The Lancet from around Europe have revealed that the UK comes top for child mortality rates in Western Europe.

The data showed that in 1970 12 of 21 countries in Western Europe had higher child mortality than the UK, but have now improved to overtake the UK. However, the UK has still decreased mortality rates by 75% since 1970 and by nearly 50% since 1990. Child mortality in the UK is 5.3 per 1,000, just in front of Malta and Andorra.

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