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English health inequalities

People in England may be living longer and healthier lives, but the health gap between rich and poor remains unacceptable, according to Government findings

People in England may be living longer and healthier lives, but the health gap between rich and poor remains unacceptable, according to Government findings.

Health Profiles published by the Department of Health and the Association of Public Health Observatories use key health indicators such as life expectancy and childhood obesity to provide a geographical breakdown of the nation's health. Key findings show:

  • Residents of Kensington and Chelsea, London, have the highest life expectancy at 83.1 years for men and 87.2 years for women. This is 10 years longer for men than in Manchester and nine years longer for women than in Liverpool.
  • Babies born in Lambeth are most likely to be breastfed with 91 per cent of mothers initiating feeding. This contrasts with Knowsley, Liverpool, where only 33 per cent of mothers breastfed their children.
  • Smoking causes a higher rate of death in the north (355 per 100,000 in Knowsley) compared with the south (139 per 200,000 in East Dorset.)

  • Public Health Minister, Dawn Primarolo said: "Inequalities around the country are stark, but the NHS and Local Authorities can use these profiles to target local health hotspots with effective measures to make a real difference."

    24th June 2008

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