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Early death 'more likely in the north'

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People living in the north of England are 20% more likely to die prematurely than those in the south, research suggests.

Experts analysed data from 1965 to 2008 and found those living in the north are a fifth more likely to die under the age of 75, despite government efforts to bridge the gap.

In an accompanying editorial, experts warned “The north is being decimated at the rate of a major city every decade.”

The number of excess deaths among all age groups has been 14% higher in the north than in the south over the last four decades, the research showed.

Experts found that the wide gap between the north and south has remained despite the fact the overall death rate has fallen dramatically since 1965 - by about 50% for men and about 40% for women, regardless of where they live.

The authors, from the University of Manchester school of community based medicine and Manchester City Council’s joint health unit, concluded: “These findings point towards a severe, long-term and recently worsening structural health problem in the geography of England, which may not have received the attention it requires from government policy and which has been resistant to specific policies to reduce inequalities in health or regenerate local communities.”

A spokeswoman for the Department of Health said: “Everyone should have the same opportunity to lead a healthy life, no matter where they live or who they are.

“The government has made it clear that reducing health inequalities is a priority as part of its commitment to fairness and social justice.

“That is why we are driving ahead with the Inclusion Health programme, which will focus on improving access and outcomes for vulnerable groups … We are also providing a ringfenced public health budget, weighted towards the most deprived areas, to ensure resources are spent on preventative work, with incentives to improve the health of the poorest, the fastest.”

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  • After living up here in the north east for about four years its easy to see why. The quality of life is different in the north to that of the south. Its easier to find work in the south, which leads to people having more money, making it easier to raise the quality of life.
    Although living in a big city has its own drawbacks. For one, living in concrete jungles like I have has a negative effect on mental health.
    Access to health services in the north are sporadic to say the least. Often people I know wont bother themselves to go to see a doctor/dentist/hospital for various reasons, mainly because its too far or people don't have the money to go on public transport or taxi's.

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  • If only the above poster had remained down south then there would’ve been an extra job for the poor unfortunates up north. I’ve never read such nonsense; if the north is that bad - leave.

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  • shafted | 17-Feb-2011 11:59 am

    You are obviously very comfortably ignorant in your southern home, life and job. Have you never heard of the north/south divide, postcode lottery, etc.? If Newcastle, or another northern city was the capital, then things would be reversed or shall all northerners move down south and take your jobs? Would love yours, whatever it is.

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  • please may we have sensible comments relevant to the above article?

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  • "shafted | 17-Feb-2011 11:59 am

    You are obviously very comfortably ignorant in your southern home, life and job. Have you never heard of the north/south divide, postcode lottery, etc.? If Newcastle, or another northern city was the capital, then things would be reversed or shall all northerners move down south and take your jobs? Would love yours, whatever it is."

    I'm not sure if that was directed at me or not, my comment was to the first poster who was saying how bad things were up north and I only suggested that if she/he hated it so much, maybe they should return back down south!

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  • please may we have sensible comments relevant to the above article?

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  • shafted | 18-Feb-2011 9:00 pm

    Hello!
    The article is about health equality not about where people should live and work!

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