There are approximately 3100-3200 deaths per year in Wakefield. The following tables provide a simple breakdown of those numbers and projections going forward.
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Major Causes of Mortality
How do we compare?
All Age, All Cause Mortality
All Age All Cause Mortality (AAACM) rates are also used as a proxy measure for life expectancy. When all age all cause mortality rates improve, life expectancy can be expected to improve. Despite this, the relationship between the two is not straightforward and different interventions can affect the two measures differently.
Although rates locally have kept pace with national trends and slowly declined over the last 15 years, the rate of decrease has not been quick enough to close the gap with the national picture. However, the male rate has closed on the regional levels in recent years, in comparison to the female rate which shows greater fluctuation.
In the last available data, Wakefield’s infant mortality rates have been broadly comparable to that of the national and regional rates. Thankfully, the numbers of infants dying are comparatively small, however, this does affect our ability to interpret both trends and comparative rates.
However, although the long-term trends are one of reduction, there has been a divergence from the national rate over that last five periods.
Confidence intervals on these rates are generally quite wide when assessed at district level. Sub-district analyses would require a large historical dataset which, arguably, would not reflect the current position accurately. Comparative rates for deaths under 1 year are shown above.