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Health Inequalities Continue to Widen According to Latest Report

September 22, 2014
Public Health

A new report produced by the Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES) and Liverpool University has warned that the health inequalities gap between south and north is continuing to grow. Entitled Due North: the report of the Inquiry on Health equity for the North, the report calls for more power and resources to be devolved to the region in order to address the problem.

Currently 18% of residents of the North East are in poverty compared to 12% in the South East. Neil McInroy, chief executive of CLES said: ‘Good health should be for all, and not predetermined by how rich you are or where you live. However, this report reveals that there are deep and unacceptable levels of health inequality between the North and the South and within the North itself.”

Researchers state that a baby born in Richmond upon Thames will have 17 more years healthy life than a baby born in Manchester. Last week the government announced the public health settlement for 2015/16 at £2.79 billion the same figure as the current year representing a real term cut. Spending this year is anticipated to reach £2.84 billion according to figures produced by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) leaving authorities already facing a £54 million spending gap.

Problems are not just confined to the North of England with local politicians in Plymouth accusing the government of “putting lives at risk” after it was revealed that their Public Health budget faced real term cuts of £250,000 over the next two years. 

You can view a copy of Due North: the report of the Inquiry on Health equity for the North here.