Death rates in deprived areas of Scotland are falling more slowly than in affluent areas, according to research from the Medical Research Council.

Its analysis of death records between 1980 and 2002 shows that the age standardised mortality rate fell by 30 per cent for men and 25 per cent for women. In Clydeside, however, male mortality rates were 17 per cent higher than the national average in 2001 compared with just 9 per cent higher in 1981.

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