Published: 26th Feb 2015

Strong local economies are healthy ones. Yet despite all the evidence, the impact of health on local growth rarely features in discussions about economic development. This is a worrying oversight which undermines efforts to rebalance the economy. Indeed, the evidence presented in a new Smith Institute report Joining the dots – making healthcare work better for the local economy demonstrates that forging closer links between health and economic growth is vital to the future success and prosperity of places. The links between deprivation and poor health are well established. Higher rates of unemployment and low employment rates as well as poor, insecure working conditions negatively impact not just the individuals affected but also the health of the community as a whole. The scarring effects on places which have undergone severe economic crisis are felt for decades and affect the future wealth and wellbeing of an area. Ill health is a … (To read the full article, subscribe below)