Much still needs to be done in England to tackle health inequalities, health department admits

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 25 October 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:843
  1. Roger Dobson
  1. Abergavenny

    Men and women living in the north of England can expect to live two years less than those in the south, latest government statistics show.

    A north-south divide—with higher rates of smoking, more deaths from smoking, more binge drinking, and twice as many families receiving means tested benefits in areas of the north—continues to exist, says a new report from the Department of Health.

    Twice as many men in the North East governmental region as in the South East think they are in poor health, and the number of hospital admissions for alcohol related conditions in the North West is 2.5 times that in the East of England region (East Anglia, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, and Essex).

    “There is a consistent ‘north-south' divide, …

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