Assessment of ONS’s Avoidable Mortality statistics

Formal user engagement closed on 6 June 2018

We are currently assessing the extent to which the following statistics produced by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) meet the professional standards set out in the statutory Code of Practice for Statistics.

Avoidable Mortality in England and Wales

Measuring socioeconomic inequalities in avoidable mortality in England and Wales

Avoidable Mortality in the UK: 2016

The National Records of Scotland have also started to include avoidable mortality in their annual deaths data release. We are interested to hear views on this as well.

The Code of Practice is a regulatory framework based on the trustworthiness, quality and value of statistics. Capturing the views of users, and potential users, forms an important part of our judgment about the statistics, including their strengths and how they could be improved.

We would very much welcome your feedback about these statistics, either by email or telephone. Also, if you think there are other user groups we should be talking to about these statistics, please let us know.


  • For what purpose do you use the statistics? For example, if you use the statistics to provide briefing and further analysis to others, it would be helpful to know what the end use is.
  • If you don’t use the statistics, what changes would make you more likely to use them?
  • Are the statistics of sufficient quality for your needs? How clear is the advice from ONS about the strengths and limitations of the statistics? What further information would you like?
  • Do you use other sources to meet your requirements and if so what are they?
  • Is the statistical commentary helpful to you? How could it be improved?
  • How do you usually access the latest statistics, for example, from ONS’s website? Could access be improved and if so, how?
  • If you have requested additional data or raised queries with ONS about these statistics, or if the statisticians have sought your views about any aspect of the statistics, please tell us how well ONS engaged with you.


We welcome comments on any other aspect of these statistics, which you think might be relevant to our assessment.

It may be useful for us to share your comments with ONS to enable them to take account of your views. Please could you advise if you are happy for us to pass your comments and contact details on?

You may send your response via email to the regulation team or, if you would prefer, to speak to the assessment team please call Catherine Bromley (01329 447705) or Jo Mulligan (01329 444877).

We look forward to receiving your comments by 6 June 2018.

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