By 2002/3 the UK rate had fallen to 103 per 100,000 deaths, a fall of more than 20 per cent.
The UK has closed the gap on France, which has the lowest rate of preventable deaths. But the UK rate remains nearly 60 per cent higher than the French toll of 65 preventable deaths per 100,000.
The worst performing nation over the period measured was the United States, which has the highest rate of preventable deaths of the 19 nations studied, with 110 per 100,000.
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