We have been living with a north-south health divide for decades, and the problem is getting steadily worse. The statistics are damning. A baby girl in Manchester can expect to live 15 fewer years in good health than a baby girl born in Richmond in London, while a baby boy born in the northern city has 14 fewer years of good health than his southern counterpart. Since 1965 this equates to 1.5 million excess premature deaths in the north compared to the rest of the country. The clear picture is that health inequalities are stark. The causes of health inequality are broadly similar across the country, but the severity of these causes is greater in the north, where added austerity measures are making the situation worse. A major report, ‘Due North’, has been published this week with the aim exploring new ways of addressing this longstanding problem. The outcome of … (To read the full article, subscribe below)
Adrian Nolan is associate director at CLES.
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