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Thursday, 8th July 2010

UK: Tackling inequalities in life expectancy in areas with the worst health and deprivation

Tackling inequalities in life expectancy in areas with the worst health and deprivation
Source: National Audit Office (UK)
From Key Findings:

The gap in life expectancy between spearheads and the national average has continued to widen and the Departmentís 2010 PSA target to reduce the health inequalities gap by 10 per cent as measured by life expectancy at birth will not be met if current trends continue. Life expectancy has improved year-on-year in spearhead areas since 1995-97 and now stands at 75.8 years for males and 80.4 years for females in 2006-08. However, life expectancy in spearhead areas has not improved as fast as the whole population and the gap in life expectancy between the two has widened since the baseline by 7 per cent for males and 14 per cent for females. Life expectancy for the whole population now stands at 77.9 years for males and 82.0 years for females. The Department also uses Ďall-age all-cause mortalityí as a proxy measure for monitoring progress against the life expectancy target. Progress is assessed against the change in mortality rates that the Department estimate are needed to deliver the life expectancy target. The Department will not meet these targets if current trends continue.



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