Accidents twice as likely to kill poor

PEOPLE in deprived parts of Scotland are twice as likely to die from accidental injuries than those in wealthy areas, a report has shown.

NHS figures show 1,365 people died from unintentional injuries last year.

The fifth of the population living in most deprivation was twice as likely to suffer this sort of injury than the wealthiest fifth.

Falls were the most common reason for injuries.

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The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents in Scotland called for an investigation into the discrepancies.