• 25Nov

    Inequalities in health and life expectancy persist

    A report from the Office for National Statistics and Public Health England reveals the scale of inequalities in life expectancy and healthy life expectancy across England.

    The data shows that wide inequalities exist not only between the most and least deprived areas of the country, but between the most and least deprived areas within local councils.

    This is the first time such an analysis has been done and it aims to help improve the understanding of health professionals and service decision makers, down to very small geographies, where they need to focus their efforts.

    The number of years an individual could expect to live in good health (healthy life expectancy) in 2009 to 2013 in England was 63.5 years for males and 64.8 years for females.

    Compared with the most deprived areas, the figures for those living in the least deprived areas were higher by 16.7 years for males and 16.8 years for females. This difference was much greater for healthy life expectancy than it was for life expectancy.

    The local authorities in England with the widest inequalities in life expectancy, healthy life expectancy and disability-free life expectancy are mostly in the North West, North East, Yorkshire and The Humber and some parts of Inner London.

    The report also concludes that there has been little change in this inequality over the last decade.

    You can access the data on the ONS website here.