UNITED KINGDOM: Major differences in mortality from one occupation to another

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According to a study by Glasgow University’s Department of Life Sciences over the period 1991-2011, the lowest mortality rate applies to doctors and other healthcare professionals, while the highest affects factory workers and cleaners.

Apart from a great disparity depending on the occupation, “we found that in most occupations mortality rates have fallen,” explains Dr Vittal Katikireddi, the main author of this study. “However, in some they have remained stagnant and for women in some occupational groups, such as cleaners, mortality rates have even increased.”

Vittal Katikiredd continues: “Our study has particular relevance to policymakers in Scotland as there has been considerable concern that health outcomes in Scotland are poorer than elsewhere in Western Europe. Addressing Scotland’s ‘sick man of Europe’ status requires paying particular attention to improving health amongst people working in low skilled jobs and who are unemployed.”

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