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[Comment] Will Public Health England lead research?

Between 1990 and 2013, mortality rates in southeast regions of England fell below those of 18 comparison countries, whereas mortality rates in Scotland and Northern Ireland remained higher than all comparison countries except the USA. This headline can be gleaned from today’s detailed report by Public Health England (PHE) and the Global Burden of Disease study (GBD) in The Lancet.1 There are some caveats: analysis by region for the other 18 countries would also show a range around the national average; and the differences in mortality were greater for men than for women.