(ed:..i live in one of the poorest areas of new zealand (northland) – and i will eat my words if these findings from england are not mirrored here..
of course poverty causes ill-health/premature death..
and of course this in turn burdens the state-coffers/health-system..
why are politicians/rightwingers unable to understand/see that..?
and in the case of the politicians – why don’t the gutless-bastards do something/anything about it..?..)
People in the richest areas of England have 19 more years of good health than those in the poorest areas – according to a new report.
Those in the most deprived areas have higher death rates for heart disease – chronic respiratory diseases and cancer – partly as a result of smoking and obesity problems.
Children are twice as likely to be born with low birthweight and more than three times as likely to suffer tooth decay.
‘Inequalities in health undermine not only the health of the people but also our economy’ said Duncan Selbie – chief executive at PHE.
‘As we work to develop the NHS long term plan – we must set the ambition high.
If done right with prevention at its centrepiece – the payoff of a healthier society and more sustainable NHS will be huge’.
The Health Profile for England – released by PHE on Tuesday – also reveals women are dying earlier in the UK than in most EU countries.