Jonathan Ashworth – 2020 Comments on Statistics on Avoidable Mortality

Below is the text of the comments made by Jonathan Ashworth, the Shadow Health and Social Care Secretary, on 10 July 2020.

These figures are a reminder of the devastating consequences of inequality and must not be ignored any longer by ministers.

Poverty and deprivation lead to people becoming ill quicker and dying sooner. Austerity has seen life expectancy advances stall.

Tackling these issues and creating the conditions where people live happier, healthier longer lives will be a priority for Labour.